Mexico City / 05.08.2021 20:13:34
The most efficient and effective way to reduce poverty is through the economy, the creation of jobs and wages, reflected Gonzalo Hernández Licona, former executive secretary of the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval).
In an interview with Azucena Uresti for Grupo Fórmula, Hernández Licona affirmed that government transfers, such as the delivery of resources to the population through social programs, do help, although He questioned that during the pandemic the government did not implement any additional action for the benefit of the vulnerable population.
“This government, unlike other governments in Latin America, did not do something additional because of the pandemic, it continued to do what it was doing.” There are overwhelming things, older adults received more support than before, it is true, but globally: one They were not enough and also the 45 percent increase in monetary government transfers was much more for the middle classes, upper middle classes, “he said.
The National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval), presented today the Poverty Measurement 2020 report, where it announced that between 2018 and 2020 the percentage of the population living in poverty at the national level increased from 41.9 to 43.9 percent.
The percentage of the total population living in extreme poverty increased from 7 to 8.5 percent between 2018 and 2020, which means that it went from 8.7 to 10.8 million people, that is, an increase of 2.1 million people.
In this regard, Hernández Licona stated that the increase in poverty in Mexico is due to the covid-19 pandemicWell, “it hit us all”, but the handling of it was different and gave an example that in Brazil poverty did not increase in 2020 “because additional support was dedicated to families in poverty.”