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Jharkhand Govt redefines poverty

Earn upto Rs 1.20 lakh per annum, own a swanky motorcycle and have a pucca house with 5 acre land in city like Ranchi. Never mind! You can still enjoy the status of a below poverty line (BPL) family in Jharkhand reports Subhash Pathak.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2010 21:26 IST
Subhash Pathak

Earn upto Rs 1.20 lakh per annum, own a swanky motorcycle and have a pucca house with 5 acre land in city like Ranchi. Never mind! You can still enjoy the status of a below poverty line (BPL) family in Jharkhand.

For, the new 13-point guidelines issued by the State government for classification BPL families do not treat them as demerits to be excluded from the category. All field offices across the State, including the block offices, food and civil supplies wing and municipal corporations have been asked by the Food and civil supplies department to modify the BPL list on the basis of the redefined yardsticks by the end of this month (February).

Poverty redefined: BPL families can have

· Monthly income of Rs 1.20 lakh per annum

· Own a swanky motorcycle

· Have a pucca house with 5 acre land in city like Ranchi

The criteria were formulated by the food and civil supplies department in the light of the decision taken by the Sibu Soren cabinet on December 30. According to the five-point guidelines for automatic exclusion stipulates that the families should not be included in the BPL list if they own double the land of the district average of agriculture land per household, if partially or wholly irrigation, which means 5 acres per family.

Besides, the families who own three or four-wheeler or even mechanized farm equipment like power tiller or tractor would not be categorized as the BPL as per the new norms. About the monthly income, the guideline stipulates that the families, which have any member drawing the salary more than 10,000 per month in any government or private organization should be removed the BPL category.

“This means, the families who does not fulfill the criteria for exclusion can have every right to stay in the list of the BPL and enjoys the facilities meant for them like free access to foodgrains upto 35 kg every month from the PDS dealers,” opined a secretary rank officer.

Members of the designated primitive tribal groups and Maha Dalits, single women headed family, households with disabled person as bread earner, households headed by minor, destitute households dependent on alms for survival, homeless households, and member of the households having bonded labourers are to be categorized as the BPL families.

It may be recalled that the Centre is also contemplating revising the existing for BPL families. As per the existing norms, families whose monthly income is not more than Rs 20,000 per annum and Rs 30,000 per annum in rural and urban areas respectively are considered BPL. The Ministry of Rural Development, government of India, has proposed inclusion of all those families whose member earns not more than Rs 5,000 a month.

Chief secretary Shiv Basant, however, said that the new yardsticks for BPL classification were worked out on the basis of the Centre’s guidelines. When asked to clarify more on the income criterion, as no State had such a high standards, Basant said he would not like to talk on the issue. Food and civil supplies department secretary BK Tripathi said that he had nothing to say as the department had issued new set of norms following their approval by the State Cabinet.