Hinting that the CPI(M)-led government in Tripura was inflating the number of people living under Below Poverty Line (BPL), a Union minister on Wednesday said the living standard of people could not have gone high otherwise as claimed by the state.
"While on the one hand the Tripura government is claiming that with completion of several development projects, standard of living of people were going high, at the same time the number of people living under BPL is far more than the national average," Minister of state for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanswamy told reporters in Agartala.
Going by the state's development logic, it showed the government was projecting more number in the BPL category to secure Central fund," he said.
He said, "the tendency of showing inflated numbers" also came to the notice of AICC which is of the view that BPL identification yardstick should be changed.
Narayanswamy said a committee constituted by the central government to investigate into the real number of BPL people recently submitted it's report which refuted the claim of the Tripura government.
"Thirty-six per cent of the population lives below the poverty line in Tripura when the national average is just 27.5 per cent. However, the state claimed that more thatn 66 per cent of the population belongs to BPL category in Tripura which is exaggerated," he said.
The union minister regretted that despite pumping huge Central funds, the state failed to uplift the backward people to the level of expectation.