His own party colleague, Vishnu Surya Wagh, contradicted him, stating that several people in the state lived in abject poverty. "There are many families which are not even getting benefits of the government schemes," he added.
Wagh also demanded that the procedure for categorising a family as BPL should be amended, as the village panchayat officers often harassed genuine applicants.
The minister conceded that if the benefits were not reaching the people then "we should admit our failure".
Mandrekar also said that the existing list of BPL families, as well as the procedure for recognising a family as BPL, would be reviewed.