Rich-poor gap widening for wrong policy

Wrong government policy has widened the urban-rural and rich-poor gaps in the last couple of decades despite an overall reduction in poverty, Regulatory Reforms Commission Chairman Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said.

“The urban-rural and rich-poor gaps have been continuing to widen because of wrong state policy. Yes, poverty has been reduced slightly but the number of hungry people is increasing day by day,” the former caretaker government adviser said at a friendly debate programme.

Akbar Ali also said the practice of liberal democracy can overcome these problems, especially the urban-rural and rich-poor gaps.

“Women and children are the worst sufferers because of the persisting hidden famine. The people will not enjoy the real taste of independence until women and children are freed from poverty,” he said.

Source: The Daily Star, 28 March 2009


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