To define livelihood, it had to be viewed more from human angle as against the present economic/poverty basis. For removal of poverty strategy can be built around sources, activities, entitlements, resources etc., but in terms of resources, not only water, forests and land is included but it also involves social relations, participation in power and freedom to use knowledge and competence.
In today’s perspective, the right to livelihood remained limited only to the extent of right to employment and almost each and every natural as well as human resource, has been brought within the ambit of Government authority and control by enactment of various laws. As such, the decrease in quality of life due to constant violation of livelihood rights can be well realized. The problem of livelihood is not because of any loss of capability or competency of the people, but just because of lesser opportunities to perform they are losing their inherent competence and are forced to lead an uncertain and insecure life.
To overcome the problem of livelihood or to say unemployment, the Government is attempting to solve them through its temporary plans. In almost every plan, aimed to eradicate poverty, efforts are directed towards creating more and more job opportunities. Introducing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the Government has initiated a historic step, but to achieve its real objective, it has also to come forward for proper implementation of the scheme.