Taking on the Planning Commission for its definition of poverty, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said it was unaware of the ground reality and dared the plan panel to show how its members can manage their daily expenses with a "paltry" Rs 28 a day.
Speaking on the third day of his thanksgiving tour in Lambi assembly segment, Badal said that by claiming that anyone with a daily consumption expenditure of Rs 28.35 and Rs 22.42 in urban and rural areas, respectively, is above the poverty line, the Commission has made "mockery of the poor people".
He said it was unfortunate that the Commission has said that people earning more than minuscule figure of Rs 28 in rural areas were rich in the country.
It has once again proved that the Congress-led UPA government which claims to be the sympathiser of the common man is totally insensitive to his problems, he said.
"The Commission members owe an explanation to the countrymen if they can manage their own daily expenses at Rs 28," he said.
Badal claimed that such "baseless polices" are framed by these people sitting in air-conditioned offices without examining the ground reality, which further add to the woes of the poor people.
He said that owing to uncontrollable inflation witnessed under the UPA government, it has become difficult for anybody to manage their household and at a time like this claims of the plan panel only rub salt into the wounds of the poor.