Analysis: Welfare in India: Money Where Your Mouth Is

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This article from The Economist uses a variety of numbers and figures to illustrate the current state of welfare distribution in India. The numbers serve to explain the story rather than complicate it.
For example, the story begins with an anecdote taken from real life in Delhi, India. The numbers are two and 70: a delivery man brings two medium-sized aluminum pots to feed 70 children in the area. That image is poignant and the numbers make it so.
Numbers are used later in the story in a more straightforward and news-valuable manner. The numbers involve people, specifically those eligible for welfare aid of different types in India, such as the 300 million people who signed up for aid through the country's biometric database "unique identity" (UID). Money is another type of figure used throughout this story to explain the cost of being poor in India.
The sources of these numbers are not always directly relayed, though some like the anecdote at the beginning seem to be gathered from the writer's own reporting and fact-gathering. Some numbers come from quotes, particularly from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Overall the numbers contribute to facts that are relatively easy to understand for the readers, but the attribution of these facts is at times questionable.

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