The government on Thursday said it will continue to use household consumption-expenditure as the criteria for estimating the number of people living below the poverty line.
Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Planning V Narayanasamy said the World Bank follows the income criteria for estimating the number of people living below the poverty line.
"We follow the consumption-expenditure method," he said, adding that calorific intake in urban and rural areas is taken into consideration while calculating the number of below poverty line (BPL) families.
"Consumption-expenditure method is very accurate. It gives the exact level of living of people," he said.
The mid-term appraisal of the 11th Five-Year Plan has indicated that the revised poverty numbers for 2004-05, as recommended by the Tendulkar Committee, have been accepted by the Planning Commission.
"These estimates put 41.8 per cent of the rural population and 25.7 per cent of the urban population as BPL, resulting in a national poverty head count ratio of 37.2 per cent," he said.
As the poverty estimates of the Planning Commission will continue to be based on the sample survey of consumption expenditure of households carried out by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) after an interval of every five years, the next poverty estimates will be available when the data for the 66th round of the NSSO Survey for 2009-10 becomes available in end-2011, he added.