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Poverty play
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S.HARPAL SINGH Some of the public outcry comes from those who had not really looked at poverty lines earlier and are, therefore, shocked to realise that it rules out almost everyone but the absolutely destitute. Here, an alms seeker in Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Once more, without feeling: the government’s latest poverty estimates.

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The article exposed the govt.
from:  Swastyaneek Ranjan
Posted on: Aug 20, 2013 at 00:24 IST
Our government thinks that people can be fooled by new definition of
poverty. It is simply a waste of time.
I believe that Indian government has obviously failed to make
consistent and well directed efforts to alleviate mass poverty of the
rural population. Millions of the rural landless poor families
(usually referred to as ‘below poverty line or BPL families) have been
forced to migrate to other regions in search of livelihood. But our
economy has not been able to create remunerative jobs for these
millions. As a result, BPL families have not at all been benefited by
the impressive GDP growth during the last decade. Further, Indian
economy has so far failed to reap full advantages of a huge young
Hence, instead of redefining poverty, it would be better to spend our
energy on programmes that would increase incomes of rural population.
from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Aug 17, 2013 at 08:26 IST
A fine Article
from:  Rajan Kapoor
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 18:53 IST
By bringing out such poverty lines the UPA govt has once again mocked at the poor. In a country where the Food Bill is aimed at 800 million poor , the Planning Commission says that the number of poor is only around 280 million. The failure of the Planning Commission at defining the poverty line is shameful. In fact they should be dragged to Court for lying to the top Court of the country. India in the 21st century is still debating about what exactly is poverty at a time when there should have been strong and effective measures to eradicate it. What can be expected from a govt who itself is not clear what defines poverty in India? We need a drastic change in our approach towards such issues and we need to change the attitude of certain pro Capitalist institutions such as the Planning Commission if we are to solve the burning issues of our country.
from:  Dhiraj Borkotoky
Posted on: Aug 14, 2013 at 09:54 IST
"Subsequently, the calorie component was in effect dropped, as these
lines were simply revised upwards according to the movement of the
consumer price indices", someone correct me if I am wrong but I think
Tendulkar Methodology follows the price data from NSS rather than CPI,
It uses median price obtained from NSS consumption expenditure survey
in each state.
from:  Yashwant Kumar
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 03:27 IST
Eyeing on 2014 elections, the canny UPA govt.which otherwise has fallen from its grace in view of sea of scams, badly needs some float to get away. It intends to take on its formidable opponent using secular chord. But the glowering eyes of aam aadmi, who are rendered destitutes in view of the economic policies pursued for decades, are too scorching for UPA, that it takes shelter under the manufactured data, which ofcourse lacks credibility, as the astute economist had rightly exposed in all conceivable occasions. The moral of the machination is that simple. You run the chance of winning the race if you could captivate the gullible voters by hook or crook.
from:  C.Chandrasekaran
Posted on: Aug 9, 2013 at 18:11 IST
I really don't understand why govt. didn't think twice before putting
such scandalous numbers before the public.Considering that planning
commission has such scholars of high repute ,did the better sense not
prevail on any one of them?
Or am I being naive not to think that may be it was a gimmick by the
govt before the elections for blowing its trumpet??
from:  vandana
Posted on: Aug 7, 2013 at 19:08 IST
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