Pakistan a nation of 160 million People has in real 34% of its Population that is much higher then the Government figure is 24% living below the Poverty line but precious little seems to be done to Address this imbalance.Even more the fact is that Government Figure do not Recognize the Growing Urban-Rural divide.
This Issue is Directly link toward Country Tax Structure,with the Majority of the Revenues going into coffers of Fredral and Provincial Government,which forcing the Local Bodies that have the wrestle with the Poverty Issues to plead with these Authority for more money.The debate over this issue has been going on for years”.
The government says that the number of people living below the poverty line has dropped significantly in recent years from 34 percent of the population in 1999 to 24 percent today.As in the case of many other developing countries, the government uses an income yardstick of a dollar-a-day per person to define poverty. But this is a very misleading figure in Pakistan’s case.
“For one thing, there has been a sharp decline in the rupee’s value against the dollar over the last 15 years. Back in the early 1990s, a dollar was worth around Rs.30. Today, it is worth Rs.90. So, when one says that a person’s income is a dollar a day today, it translates into an income of Rs.90 rupees a day.
Common men now expecting alot from Election 2013 and hoping for change in their current worst situation to better situation.