Religious conflict third-most pressing issue in India: Survey

Large-scale conflicts, religious conflicts?and poverty continue to remain at the top of the rising global problems, according to most respondents of the survey. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 26, 2016, 11.29 AM (IST)
Religious conflict takes the third place right after corruption and poverty in the list of pressing problems affecting India, claims a survey.

The WEF's Global Shapers Annual Survey 2016 says that around 49.6 per cent of respondents in India believe government accountability and transparency/corruption is a serious issues affecting the country.

While 39.7 per cent of respondents believe the most pressing problem is poverty, 32.7 per cent believe it is religious conflict and 31.1 per cent say it is the lack of education.

According to a PTI report, the global survey, that studies thoughts, priorities and concerns of young people around the world, has so far covered more than 26,000 participants across 181 countries.

At the global level, for the second year in a row, climate change is being rated as the most serious issue, followed by large-scale conflicts, religious conflicts and poverty.

Respondets held themselves responsible of tackling local challenges (26 per cent), followed by governments (20 per cent) and civil society (17 per cent).

For global challenges, people trusted international organisations (26 per cent) and themselves again (20 per cent).

The survey also pointed towards the optimism around technology, with 86 per cent of respondents globally believing that technology will eventually be a driver of job growth.

Discussing sectors of growth, 24.7 per cent Indian respondents said agriculture would benfit most from technology, followed by government (17.3 per cent) and education (16 per cent).

The biggest contribution from the private sector is job creation (36 per cent) and economic development/foreign investment, with 20 per cent of respondents choosing that option.

When it comes to their own careers, millennials are looking for jobs that provide a fair salary (54 per cent), a growth perspective (45 per cent) and a sense of purpose (36 per cent).

(WION with inputs from agencies)