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IS INDIA BECOMING POORER; IS IT A TRAVESTY?

IS INDIA BECOMING POORER; IS IT A TRAVESTY?

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Published by Om Prakash Yadav
S.D.Tendulkar, former chief of PMEAC has said that there are 38% people in India who are actually under BPL and not 28.5%
S.D.Tendulkar, former chief of PMEAC has said that there are 38% people in India who are actually under BPL and not 28.5%

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Does India get poorer?
The figure released by S.D.Tendulkar suggests that India is getting poorer instead of becoming richer, a proposition which may be contrary to popular perception but is true. The widening gulf between rich and poor is a big threat which society till date fails to understand. The poor should and must get a slice in the development otherwise the whole exercise would go futile.
S.D.Tendulkar, the former chairman of Prime Minister’seconomic advisory council has prepared a report, according towhich India has 38 % population below poverty line (BPL). At
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present Planning commission of India’s 2006 figure is only28.5%. of the population is under BPL.If Tendulkar’s report is accepted officially by the Govt and thePlanning commission, there shall be an addition of about 11crore populations in the exiting number of people living BPL. InIndia, since 1972, Poverty is being calculated in terms of calories. 2100 calories for Urban and 2400 calories for ruralareas are the yardsticks to measure poverty in India. Tendulkar has used different methodology for this survey andtook education, health, sanitation, nutrition and householdincome etc into account while calculating Poverty, thedefinition of which has always been a point of differenceamongst economists and experts. Many experts, economistsand rights activists believe, and they give some convincingarguments also to support their views, that poverty
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measurement formula in India is not satisfactory, there areactually more people below BPL, they argue.Efforts has had been made earlier also by the government inorder to find a broader consensus on the definition of poverty.One N.C.Saxena committee was formed by government in Junethis year which suggested that 50% people are under BPL. In2007, Arjun Sengupta, associated with National commission forenterprises in unorganised sector, said that 77% of Indians arein BPL.Only a couple of years ago, NSSO, the national sampling govtorganisation, has thrown a figure in the public domain thatabout 70% of populations in India don’t even spend 20Rs/- aday on them. Whereas in this country itself, there are peoplewho gifts 700 crores plane to his wife on birthday. The numberof HNI in India is increasing with galloping speed and it has
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