Why poor remain poor!

While filling water in the morning, I started thinking about what I was doing and how it is impacting my life and that of others like me.

On average, I spend at least one and a half hour each day, filling water for our daily needs. That is 1.875 days a month, 22.81 days a year and 1.24 years, if I continue doing this for the next 20 years i.e. for approximately 0.62% of my life, I would just be filling water!

Time which can be better spent in other productive activities for the betterment of my and my family’s life, yet I am caught up in a never ending cycle of arranging for just the basic needs! Add to this, in order to get water in our ground floor flat, we use a 0.4HP pump, which I guess consumes 1KV electricity for every two hours of operations i.e. 0.273MW of electricity every year and 5.46MW in the next 20 years!


To top it all, we are not really poor and I live in the Capital of India, in a government built colony, which was established some 35 years ago! Yet I will be wasting a few lakh rupees (keeping only current prices and earning in mind) over the next couple of decades, trying to arrange for water, the most basic necessity of life!

I shudder to think of the plight of poor people in India and those living in unauthorized colonies, which do not even have access to a tap and have to walk quite a bit of distance to arrange for even drinking water and in many cases, have to shell out large sums of money on a regular basis to the water mafia, just to ensure that they can carry on living in the current dilapidated state they are in!

No wonder, poor in India only get poorer over time and are easily exploited by businessmen and politicians, who stick to them like a leech and have no intention of even attempting to ensure that at least people are free from the fear of dying of thirst, in the country of Ganges.


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