Hypocrisy Over The Poverty Line?

Recently, there has been a big furore by educated middle-class Indians about the government fixing the poverty line as income of less than Rs.32 per day. That number is sobering and laughable. I mean seriously if your family’s per capita income is Rs.32 per day – you are not poor!

I came across a tweet about the Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission Montek Singh flaying middle class for double standards and not speaking out for fixing minimum wages household labour.

So, I did that Math.

Let take an example of a full time domestic help in a typical Indian household. He/She has a family of four to feed.

Rs. 32 X 4 = Rs 128/-

That means a monthly salary of about Rs. 3840.

I wonder how many domestic workers in India get paid this sort of remuneration. I am not even talking about lack of weekly offs, healthcare support and pension.

Hypocritical? Probably.

But I think this is a case of taking selective responsibility.

Inspired from this tweet.

Related: Crime of Acceptance of Obeisance

Published by Aditya Kane

I am a writer at heart and secretly want to be a world famous philosopher. I want the core tenets of the open source philosophy around software to make it’s way in education, politics, law and economics.

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