New Delhi: A “new class of poor” is rapidly emerging due to the nationwide lockdown that was imposed on 25 March to contain the spread of Covid-19, a government body survey in slum households in 12 cities has found.

This new class has fallen below the poverty line due to job losses after the lockdown, the survey said. It found that 95.3 per cent of “new poor” households reported that their principal source of income has been affected.

The lockdown also affected the principal source of income of 95.8 per cent of Below Poverty Line (BPL) households living in slums in 12 cities, the survey said.

Besides, self-employed and casual labourers have been most badly hit. While 98.9 per cent of self-employed households reported an impact on their main source of income, the income of 97.6 per cent casual wage labour households has been affected.

The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, partnered Chennai-based NGO World Vision to study the impact of Covid-19 on the lives and livelihood of slum dwellers in Anantnag, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kancheepuram, Kolkata, Mumbai and Srinagar.

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The study, based on telephonic interview of respondents, was conducted in 1,157 random households between 24 April and 7 May.

Date :
Tuesday, 2 June 2020