October 4th, 2011
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Poverty line unchanged, 32/- per day

montek-singhNew Delhi: Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia made it clear that the definition of poverty line remains at Rs 32 per person per day. He said that they will not withdraw the affidavit and have accepted the Tendulkar committee report.

As per the affidavit, a family of five spending less than Rs 4,824 (at June, 2011, prices) in urban areas will fall in the BPL (Below Poverty Line) category. The expenditure limit for a family in rural areas has been fixed at Rs 3,905. The number of poor entitled to BPL benefits, as per the affidavit, has been estimated at 40.74 crore.

Montek also said, “Income should be considered along with caste.The view of the Planning Commission that a person can meet expenditure of ‘food, health and education’ with a sum of Rs 32 in the cities and Rs 26 in the villages had sparked widespread disbelief and condemnation forcing the Congress party to go into damage control.




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