Below Poverty Line Current Affairs - 2020

ILO of United Nations: 400 million Indian workers to sink into poverty

On April 8, 2020, the International Labour Organization released its report, “COVID-19 and world of work”. According to the report, around 400 million people are to enter poverty in India.


The United Nations Labour body, International Labour Organization has warned that the COVID-19 is to wipe out 195 million full-time jobs. Globally, the virus is to cut 6.7% of working hours.

According to the report, around 2 billion people are working in informal sector worldwide. They are at great risks. The reductions of jobs are to be more in Arab countries and in Asia and Pacific. In Arab countries, around 5 million full time workers are expected to lose their jobs. In Pacific and Asia, around 125 million are to lose their jobs. In Americas and Africa the risk percentage of unemployment is 43% and 26% respectively.


The COVID-19 is to affect mainly tourism sector, businesses, manufacturing, retail and food services. Around 3.3 billion work forces are affected due to full time or part time workplace closures.

Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana: PM distributes aids and devices to Divyangjan and Senior Citizens

On February 29, 2020, PM Modi is to distribute assistive aids and devices to senior citizens and Divyangjan. This is the biggest ever distribution camp.


The distribution camp of assistive aids and devices for senior citizens and Divyangjans by PM Modi is being organized by the Ministry of Social Justice. The objective of the event is to propagate information to senior citizens and Divyangjan belonging to Below Poverty Line category about how to face their challenges in day-to-day life.

Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana

The RVY was launched in 2016 at Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. Since then 137 of these device distribution camps have been conducted.

The main aim of the scheme is to provide assisstive aids and devices to senior citizens and Divyangjans.


According to Census 2011, there are 10.38 crores of senior citizens. And of these, more than 70% of them live in rural areas. Therefore, it is essential to take special care towards them through these camps organized under Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana.