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Venezuelan children wait for a free meal at a migrant shelter set up at the Tancredo Neves Gymnasium in Brazil.

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Simone Batista, holding her baby Arthur, looks into the camera as tears roll down her cheeks while she recounts being cut from the "Bolsa Familia" government subsidy program for low-income people, at her shack home in the Jardim Gramacho slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Batista wants to appeal the government cutting her from the program, but doesn't have enough money to take buses to the administrative office downtown.

AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo

This glimpse of a Bihar village in 2008 could well have been from a ­century earlier

Photograph by Jitender Gupta

Income is an indicator of survival chances at the poorest end

Photograph by Vijay Pandey

A demonstrator dressed as Santa Claus marches to the National Congress with a multi-pronged protest banner shaped as a Christmas tree during a protest demanding the approval of a stimulus bill to alleviate growing poverty, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tens of thousands of Argentines flooded the capital streets, demanding the passage of the bill that would create a million jobs to face growing poverty levels.

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A flood affected woman holding her baby cooks food near a temporary shelter on an embankment in Morigaon district, Assam.

AP Photo/Anupam Nath

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh presenting cooking gas connection to woman living below poverty line (BPL) during the launch of "pradhan mantri ujjwala yojana" in Lucknow.

PTI Photo by Nand Kumar

Sonali Shetty and street children sitting outside a restaurant after they were refused service, in New Delhi.

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A homeless boy cleans a chicken's foot to prepare it for dinner collected from chicken shops near a railway track in Gauhati, Assam.

AP Photo/ Anupam Nath

A worker who lives in the street, brushes his teeth as another drinks water as they begin the day in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

Endless Wait A widowed woman seen in her home in Lalitpur, Bundelkhand, in Uttar Pradesh

Narendra Bisht

Proof Of Hunger A woman gets food through her ration card in Orissa

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Woman with her child at Chandwa village, Jharkhand on Feb 25, 2014.

Sanjay Rawat

Streetkids sleep on a bench on a roadside pavement in Old Delhi

Sanjay Rawat

A man dressed up goddess Kali waits for alms as a municipal worker fumigates at the Kamakhya temple during the annual Ambubasi festival in Gauhati, Assam.

AP Photo/ Anupam Nath

Two young girls bathe their siblings by a public tap on a hot summer day at Badshahpur, on the outskirts of New Delhi.

AP Photo/Saurabh Das

A labourer who breaks pieces of coal for baking bricks at a brick-manufacturing unit drinks water on the outskirts of Allahabad

AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh

A labourer who breaks pieces of coal for baking bricks at a brick-manufacturing unit displays his palms on the outskirts of Allahabad.

AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, an Indian man takes rest on the bed as a woman looks on in New Delhi, India, India's Planning Commission, tasked with updating its poverty line figures to reflect rising prices, told the nation's Supreme Court Wednesday that fifty cents a day was "adequate" for the average Indian villager to spend on basic needs.

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Dogs sleep near a family of migrant resting on a pavement in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.

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All bags packed Riaz’s mother wheels him in a suitcase filled with clothes alongside a Mumbai highway

Reuters (From Outlook 20 April 2015)

Mohammed Ayub, a 57-year-old government worker, sits among students from poor families at a makeshift school set up in a park in Islamabad, Pakistan. Ayub has dedicated most of his life to teaching the less fortunate of this city. For three decades, children who might otherwise have gotten no education sat through his classes.

AP Photo/B.K. Bangash

Newspaper vendor ties newspapers on his bicycle early in the morning at the old city area of New Delhi.

AP Photo/Bernat Armangue

A farmer works in a field along with his two sons in a village near Krishnai, in Goalpara district of Assam.

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The protein shortage in the diet of the poor is shocking

Sanjay Rawat

Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister, M.Venkaiah Naidu rewards a girl during the ‘World Habitat Day’ at Vigyan Bhawan, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

Homeless sleep covered with blankets near Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi.

AP Photo/ Bernat Armangue

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha activists show black flags to Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Sudarshan Bhagat ahead of the launch of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna in Jamshedpur.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge), Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman at the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, in New Delhi.

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People queue up in large numbers at a bank to open Jan Dhan accounts after its launch in Patiala.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan at the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist

Women beneficiaries displaying the ATM/Debit cards after receiving it from Union Minister for Law and Justice, Communications and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad during the launch of 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana' in Chennai.

PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist

A laborer pulls a cart heavily loaded with goods while others assist him as they make their way through a crowded street in the old city area of New Delhi.

AP Photo/Bernat Armangue

City troubles Urban migration is a given, but our cities have few facilities to offer the poor

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Allahabad.

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

Arup Ghosh, from Bhadreswar, West Bengal won the Open People category of the Sony World Photography awards for his image titled "Poor God". Shot while Ghosh was travelling on a local train during Durga Puja, the photograph shows a young boy singing devotional songs and begging for alms dressed as Lord Shiva. Ghosh also won an award in the Open category in the 2008 Sony World Photography Awards.

Outside AIIMS hospital A man peeps out of an old DTC bus which is being used as night shelter.

Photo by Narendra Bisht/ Outlook

ISBT flyover New Delhi.

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The ISBT flyover New Delhi.

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Kashmiri Gate New Delhi

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ISBT, New Delhi

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ISBT Searching for shelter on a cold night.

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Kashmiri Gate A homeless man sleeping at a night shelter in Kashmiri Gate, in New Delhi.

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ISBT Homeless, among the commuters.

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Kashmiri Gate New Delhi

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ISBT Homeless, cold night.

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ISBT New Delhi

Photo by Narendra Bisht/ Outlook

ISBT Homeless, coping with the Delhi cold.

Photo by Narendra Bisht/ Outlook

Karolbagh A homeless person shows his voter identity card at a night shelter.

Photo by Narendra Bisht/ Outlook

Hanuman Temple Fire to ward off the cold.

Photo by Narendra Bisht/ Outlook

Connaught Place Preparing to sleep

Photo by Narendra Bisht/ Outlook

Connaught Place New Delhi

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Hanuman Temple Puja Sharma 23, widow with two kids, warms herself as she sits in front of a fire.

Photo by Narendra Bisht/ Outlook

AIIMS Junction An old bus, far right, is now shelter for patients’ families

Photo by Narendra Bisht/ Outlook

Connaught Place A homeless woman and her child stay close to a small fire

Photo by Narendra Bisht/ Outlook

The ISBT Bodies huddle up under a flyover near the bus terminal

Photo by Narendra Bisht/ Outlook

A man wakes up in the winter mornings at an old quarter of New Delhi, India.

AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal

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Stalled progress And food security is not the answer

AFP (From Outlook 02 September 2013)

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BJP workers protest against Congress spokesman MP Raj Babbar for his remarks that "one can have hearty meal in Rs 12 in Mumbai" outside his residence in Mumbai.

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BJP workers protest against Congress spokesman MP Raj Babbar for his remarks that "one can have hearty meal in Rs 12 in Mumbai" outside his residence in Mumbai.

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At a protest against the ‘National Poverty Line’ outside the Planning Commission

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Water, baby Daily struggles in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri slums

Tribhuvan Tiwari

BJP activists shout slogans against UPA government during a protest over Planning Commission's definition of poverty line in Varanasi.

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DECLINED Not so many poor anymore, NSSO data says poverty levels (BPL) dipped by 15%, down from 37% of the population to 22% between 2004-’12. BImaru states show sharpest fall in numbers.

A child eats rice at a slum area in Guwahati. The government decided to come out with an ordinance to give two-thirds of the nation's population the right to 5 kgs of food grains every month at a highly subsidized rate of 1-3 rupees per kg.

AP Photo/Anupam Nath

Grain of hope A poor woman of Malkangiri

Nilotpal Baruah

A rag picker feeds her child by a road side in Hyderabad.

AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.

Are they poor? Street children in a city

Nirala Tripathi

Underprivileged children attend a free school run under a metro bridge in New Delhi. This photo was one in a series of images by Associated Press photographer Altaf Qadri that received an honorable mention in the World Press Photo 2013 photo contest for the Contemporary Issues series category.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File

The founder of a free school for slum children, Rajesh Kumar Sharma, adjusts the collar of Somnath, an underprivileged child, at a free school run under a metro bridge in New Delhi. This photo was one in a series of images by Associated Press photographer Altaf Qadri that received an honorable mention in the World Press Photo 2013 photo contest for the Contemporary Issues series category.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File

People sleep wrapped in quilts on a footpath in New Delhi. Quilts can be hired for the night at Rs 10 or Rs 30 for a quilt and a cot.

AP Photo/Manish Swarup

A slum dweller shouts slogans during a protest march in Mumbai. The protest was against builder-state nexus in Mumbai and to demand housing rights from the government for the urban poor.

AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

Slum dwellers from different parts of the city of Mumbai march during a protest. The protest was against builder-state nexus in Mumbai and to demand from the government housing rights for the urban poor.

AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

Chhattisgarh: It becomes the first state in the country to enact a law for food security to ensure no one goes hungry

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Montek Singh Ahluwalia vs P. Sainath When the Hindu columnist lashed out at the Planning Commission deputy chief for being flighty with the moolah on foreign travels (Rs 36,40,140 from May to October 2011), Montek hit back, saying the government, not he, had deemed these trips necessary. India must be represented on international fora, MSA argued. Spot on. Bequeathing the poor a mere Rs 32 a day? A bit off, shall we say.

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A child walks to sell paper wheels in Mumbai. She attends a government school, works 5 after school hours to support her family who make a living selling paper wheels.

AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

A woman bathes her child on the side of a road in Hyderabad. Some 800 million people live in poverty, many of them migrating to big cities in search of a livelihood and often ending up on the streets.

AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.

Members of rural communities, including the landless, poor farmers and tribals, eat on a road at a halting point during "Jan Satyagraha," a march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless in Gwalior. On Tuesday, thousands began the 350 kilometer-long (220 miles) long march to the Indian capital which they plan to cover in one month.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Members of rural communities, including the landless, poor farmers and tribals, take part in "Jan Satyagraha," a march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless in Gwalior. On Tuesday, thousands began the 350 kilometer-long (220 miles) long march to the Indian capital which they plan to cover in one month.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Members of rural communities, including the landless, poor farmers and tribals, take part in "Jan Satyagraha," a march to New Delhi, to highlight the problems of India's landless in Gwalior. Tens of thousands of farmers began Tuesday the 350 kilometer-long (220 miles) march to the Indian capital which they plan to cover in one month.

AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

People watch as Manju, a child acrobat walks a tight rope for alms near the Shaheed Minar or Octerloony Monument in Kolkata.

AP Photo/Bikas Das

Food & Supplies Minister of West Bengal Jyoti Priya Mallick (R) visiting Bonerpukur Danga, a tribal village near Santiniketan to check the “Antarday Anna Yojana Card” in the district.

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Children living on a street pavement read a book in Mumbai.

AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

A man uses magnets to fish for coins thrown into the River Yamuna as offerings by devotees, in New Delhi.

AP Photo/ Tsering Topgyal

A homeless man sleeps under an overpass in New Delhi. Already the second most populous country, with 1.2 billion people, India is expected to overtake China around 2030 when its population soars to an estimated 1.6 billion even as hundreds of millions of people are trapped in abject poverty.

AP Photo/ Tsering Topgyal

Lunch was two pieces of kulcha, with chhole. Cost: Rs 15

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The 30-km ride to office, in Safdarjung Enclave, cost Rs 15

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Waiting for an ordinary DTC bus, not the more expensive AC kind

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Leaving for work, from a flat in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Member Saumitra Chaudhuri during a press conference in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/Subhav Shukla

A beggar crawls on the ground as he asks for money from a motorist at an intersection on the pavement in New Delhi.

AP Photo/Kevin Frayer

A homeless, wrapped in a blanket, sits inside a dry fountain with many other homeless in New Delhi. The Supreme Court pulled up the authorities for failing to provide shelters and directed them to "preserve and protect" the lives of homeless.

PTI Photo / Kamal Kishore

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