|Published : 20 Apr 2017, 20:35:16|
IT is indeed heartening to note that the rate of poverty went down in the country last year and the level of poverty now stands at 25.6 per cent and the ultra poor now constitute 13 per cent of our population. We can genuinely hope that the country will be poverty-free by the year 2030. There are reasons to be optimistic that the country will be able to eradicate poverty much before if we can reduce corruption and establish good governance.
Poverty is general scarcity or the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. It is a multifaceted concept, which includes social, economic, and political elements. Absolute poverty or destitution refers to the lack of means necessary to meet basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter.
Corruption is another malady which is eating away the benefits of our hard work. People are still found sleeping on the pavements even in Dhaka city. Many children are deprived of their right to go to school and basic medicare facilities. Desired success in literacy is yet to be achieved as a result of which a large share of our population is still languishing in the darkness of illiteracy.
Our people are sincere and hard-working and I am sure with combined efforts of the government, the NGOs and common people, poverty and illiteracy will soon be driven away from the country.