Having a job does not guarantee a decent living. In fact, 8 percent of employed workers and their families worldwide lived in extreme poverty in 2018. According to Indian Human Development Survey, the poverty rate is 3 times higher in Indian households with children. Poverty affects children disproportionately and 1 out of 5 children live in extreme poverty. Ensuring social protection for all children and other vulnerable groups is critical to reduce poverty.
Severe droughts have drained rivers, reservoirs, and aquifers across vast parts of India in recent years, pushing the nation’s leaky, polluted water systems to the brink. More than 600 million Indians face "acute water shortages," according to a 2018 report by NITI Aayog, a prominent government think tank.
At the current time, material consumption of natural resources is increasing, particularly within Eastern Asia. In India, the textile sector is the second largest industry and employer, making up about 14 percent of the world's production and also a major contributor to water and air pollution.
Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. However, at the current time, there is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters owing to pollution and ocean acidification is having an adversarial effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity. 90% of plastic polluting the world’s oceans comes from just 10 rivers - 2 of which are from India. The Indus and the Ganges, carry the second and sixth highest amounts of plastic debris to the ocean.