Rs100aday is an attempt by two friends to bring to light the issues affecting the common man in India through direct experiences.
This blog has its beginnings in an effort to live on India’s average income - Rs. 100/person/day without rent – to observe and understand the constraints that come with life at a monthly income of 3000.
However, after the Planning Commission came out with the proposed poverty line of Rs. 32/person/day, we decided to spend one week living at that income level in addition to three weeks at Rs. 100/day. Besides coming to the realization that the Rs. 32 figure is nonviable, we also gained some key insights into the lives of the poor.
Building on our backgrounds in the public sector – both of us had worked on the Unique ID project – we have also put together some policy thoughts stemming from our month long experiment on issues that affected us the most – importantly food/PDS system, transportation and mobile communications.
So, what’s next? We plan to summarize the findings from our experiment and the resulting policy recommendations, and present it to the Planning Commission. We have already spoken to the Chief Minister of Kerala and got his views on Rs. 32/day. We hope to talk to other elected officials to get their perspective on Rs. 32. Moreover, this experiment has motivated us to continue the average Indian lifestyle at regular intervals – perhaps once a month. We will provide details on the “average India fast” soon!
Finally, we hope to continue to do similar lifestyle experiments, where we put ourselves artificially in situations when new government policies are declared to check their effectiveness on the ground. We will keep you posted.
You are welcome to join us (and keep tabs on us) in our past and future endeavors!
-Tushar & Matt