Keeping the poverty line low is the probable reason for such a dip in poverty numbers despite the consumer price inflation rate shooting up to around 10%.
The Planning Commission used Tendulkar methodology to arrive at the new estimates. Only, this methodology was junked by the commission in 2012 with a promise to have a more rational methodology.
The commission’s deputy chairperson Montek Singh on Thursday avoided queries on the new estimates. “The poverty number would come down whatever methodology is employed,” he said.