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Rs 32 a day: Issues resolved, say Montek, Ramesh

Last updated on: October 3, 2011 14:28 IST

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Amid the controversy raging over the definition of poverty, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Monday claimed that they have resolved the issue.

"Jairam and I had a very good meeting. I think we have resolved a number of important issues; actually, all the important issues. I think we are in complete agreement," Ahluwalia told reporters after the meeting.

Ahluwalia and Ramesh will also be addressing a joint press conference later in the day to outline the strategy to counter widespread criticism of Rs 32 per capita per day urban poverty line definition.

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"There is broad consensus on the linkage between poverty line and rural development," Ramesh said after the meeting, which among others was attended by Plan panel members Abhijit Sen, Mihir Shah, Syeda Hameed and Narendra Jadhav.

Ahluwalia, who returned from his 10-day-long foreign visit on Saturday, had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue on Sunday.

He had discussed with Singh the fallout of the controversy relating to the affidavit in the Supreme Court, which said that persons consuming items worth Rs 32 or more per day in urban areas (and Rs 26 in rural areas) are not poor.

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As per the affidavit, a family of five spending less than Rs 4,824 per month (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 per month.

The number of poor entitled to BPL benefits, as per the affidavit, has been estimated at 40.74 crore (407.4 million), as against 37.2 crore (372 million) estimated at the time of accepting the Tendulkar Committee report.

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi is believed to have intervened in the matter and has reportedly asked the Plan panel to do a rethink on its definition of poverty.

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Even Ramesh had earlier expressed disagreement over the Commission's formula for arriving at the poverty line of Rs 32 a day and Rs 26 a day in urban and rural areas, respectively.

Besides, National Advisory Council members Aruna Roy and Harsh Mander had challenged the Rs 32 per person poverty definition of the Commission.

Other members of the NAC, which is headed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, too had opposed the Commission's definition.

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Ridiculing the Commission's poverty line, NAC member N C Saxena had said, "On Rs 32 a day, you know only dogs and animals can live. People who are spending below Rs 32 a day -- they are poorest of the poor. You can call them destitute, you can call them people living in sub-human level."

Concerned over the public outcry, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni had said, "The Planning Commission had given an affidavit. When we asked for information from the panel regarding it, we were told that it is an initial document and not the final document."

These figures, she had said, "could undergo a change, who knows some other statistics may come up, which is acceptable to the Planning Commission. There is concern among people. There is a certain disquiet in the civil society and other sections. They believe the statistics are perhaps somewhat removed from reality."


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