Malnutrition and Poverty in Vidarbha Region: Inequality and a Challenge before Global Development

  • Amit A. Zapate Research Scholar, Department of Economics, R. T. M. Nagpur University.
  • Amit M. Titare M.A. (Eng), SET, Research Scholar, Department of English, Dhanwate National College, Nagpur
Keywords: Malnutrition, Poverty, Inequality, Vidarbha, Global Peace.


India continued to rank in the HDI at 131st position whereas 100th position in GHI. India is still lagging behind in infrastructure and suffering from scarcity of food. As per stated in Kelkar report, Vidarbha is the most neglected and backward region of Maharashtra. Professor Thorat precisely analyzed that inequality and discrimination gives rise to the poverty and malnutrition in this area. According to Rangrajan Committee, total 29.5% poverty was recorded during 2011-12 and 39.6% rural areas are still affected by the poverty. In 2012, total 12% people are reeling under the poverty and out of this statistics total 38% people belong to Vidarbha region. Vidarbha is on the top position in Malnutrition. Vidarbha is backward in housing, water, toilets and electricity. Therefore, maximum people of this region are discontented with the government's policies.

            Present research paper shed light on the poverty and malnutrition in Vidarbha region. The root causes of poverty is illiteracy, unemployment, low per capita income, lack of basic facilities whereas lack of medical facilities, unavailability of doctors, scarcity of food, deception and corruption are the causes of malnutrition. Thus, Vidarbha's maximum people are discontented prominently due to the poverty, malnutrition and inequality. As a corollary, farmers' suicide, naxalism, crimes and attacks on soldiers is increasing gradually. Problems like poverty and malnutrition should not be neglected for the development of world. Therefore, it is necessary to eradicate poverty, malnutrition and inequality from the world to establish world peace.


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