In 2022, the combined wealth of India’s 100 richest touched $800 billion.
But while the rich get richer, only a mere 3% of the wealth in India has reached the bottom 50% (more than 700 million people) in the last decade.
Razo Khatoon from Sitamarhi district in Bihar is one of those 700 million people. Once a successful business owner, Razo Khatoon, her husband and her 3 children are forced to work as daily wage labourers just to make ends meet now. The pandemic which made the billionaires richer has destroyed her life.
There are now 21 billionaires in the country who own more wealth than 700 million Indians!
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"Despite being reasonably well-equipped to handle mass cases of dengue, malaria, and other similar conditions, the 65-bed Primary Health Centre in South 24 Parganas (West Bengal) was not even close to having the oxygen reserves that were necessary during the pandemic's peak"—Remya Molvs, Nurse, G R Hospital. This was the story across rural and urban healthcare systems throughout the country.
Through Oxfam India’s Mission Sanjeevani programme, we equipped hospitals with life-saving medical and diagnostic equipment such as oxygen cylinders, BiPAP machines, and ICU beds. Since April 2021,we have reached nearly 500 healthcare facilities - district hospitals, PHCs, and CHCs with life saving equipment.
But it needn’t be so. Just one percent of wealth tax on total billionaire wealth can fund the National Health Mission for 3 years. This is India’s largest healthcare scheme with a current allocation of INR 22.3crores.
Shripati Devi is a woman farmer in Sitamarhi, Bihar who with her husband, a daily wage worker faced immense financial difficulties during the pandemic. They were unable to find work or even pay rent on the small landholding they leased. In 2021, when we started working in Sitamarhi Shripati attended one of the meetings and explained her problems to the group. She was supported with training and high yielding variety seeds to improve vegetable cultivation on her land.
“The training helped me immensely. I had very good pea production and since I had grown it organically, I was able to get a good price for it. The profit was almost 40% higher than what the others received for the same product,” says Shripati. What she did not sell, she dried and preserved for consumption during the off-season.
Shripati, now cultivating a diverse range of vegetables, is very enthusiastic about learning new farming methods and has become a role model for others in the village.
Did you know that the combined wealth of India’s 100 richest has touched $800 billion in 2022, while 70% Indians can’t afford a healthy diet? With your support we can change this scenario for the better. Because #InequalityIsUnacceptable.