CONTENTS:- 1. Indian Poverty -The Concern of Poltical Parties, Industrialists & Other Government Agencies, before and after Independence; 2. Who is Poor? Extent of Poverty in India; 3. Programmes Schemes for Alleviation of Poverty; 4. Review of Poverty Alleviation Programmes/Schemes taken up and Strategy Adopted since Independence-Their Inadequacies and Deficiencies; Economic Reforms; 5. Foreign Exchange Crises and Initiation of economic and Social reforms/New Initiatives in India; 6. Apprehension/Misgiving about the Economic Reforms; 7. Reforms for Higher Economic Growth-But not the End of Reforms; 8. Impact of Economic reforms and New Initiatives on Various & Sectors of the Econmomy & Povertty Alleviation; 9. Conclusions and Suggestions.