INTRODUCTION: India plans to spend billions of dollars in what the government calls a frontal attack on poverty.
GV Women demonstrators march towards boat club carrying banners and chanting.
SV Woman marching along.
GV Crowds marching.
SV Women dressed in black marching along.
SV Police behind barricade.
GV Crowd seated at rally chanting anti-Gandhi slogans.
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GV Mrs Farooqi, General Secretary of National Federation of Indian Women, addressing crowd.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: India plans to spend billions of dollars in what the government calls a frontal attack on poverty. In a new five-year development plan it's proposed to reduce the number of Indians living in poverty to 30 percent by 1985. The present figure is about 48 percent. The increasing cost of living in the country was the subject of a big demonstration in New Delhi on Monday (9 March).
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of women marched through the capital demanding government control of the steadily rising prices of food and other goods. They were members of the left-wing National Federation of Indian Women and had travelled to New Delhi from all over the country.
Poverty has spread in India, despite 30 years of planning, mainly because the fast-increasing Population has swamped economic gains. But a rural development programme announced last month plans to help three million Indian families to cross the poverty line. Presenting a new budget to Parliament, India's Finance Minister said the emphasis must shift from the management of crisis to the management of growth.
The budget also provides income tax concessions for more than two-and-a-half million people. Since Mrs Indira Gandhi's landslide election victory in January last year, her government has been struggling to revive the stagnating Indian economy.
The latest economic decisions come at a time when the Indian Prime Ministers under increasing political pressure, Communal and caste violence throughout India has caused protests in Parliament, some of it violent. And government critics say the new development plan, will bring only modest improvements to the common man.