Rahul gets stats on poverty
The Planning Commission made a presentation to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Monday on India’s revised poverty estimate and food subsidy bill.india Updated: May 17, 2010 23:14 IST
The Planning Commission made a presentation to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Monday on India’s revised poverty estimate and food subsidy bill.
The plan panel, in its internal meeting, had accepted Suresh Tendulkar Committee recommendation that 372 million Indians should be considered poor for the proposed National Food Security law. As of now, the official estimate of the poor in India is 275 million.
The increase of about 100 million (10 crore) in below poverty line (BPL) population is yet to be approved by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is also the panel’s chairperson. The panel has to present the new poverty estimate by end of May to the Empowered Group of Ministers on the proposed food security bill.
The panel is keen to get the Congress on board with the new poverty figures. The party had promised providing 25 kg of food grains at Rs three per kg to a BPL family, in its manifesto but Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had asked the government to provide 35 kg.
The panel’s deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia made a detailed presentation to Rahul Gandhi reportedly stating that the government can provide 35 kg of food grains at Rs 3 per kg to all poor.
The panel is also of the view that the 11.52 crore above poverty line (APL) families can be provided food grains at no-profit-no-loss price to the government. “It would mean each APL family will be entitled to get 25 kg of food grains per month,” the panel said in a presentation to EGoM earlier this month.
The presentation was made after Gandhi expressed willingness to learn about the implications of providing 35 kg of food grains to every poor in India.