Ummid Assistant

Samsung sets up fund for poor kids' education

US varsity offers doctorate for education professionals

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home National

Opposition objects to government's new poverty line norm

Tuesday March 20, 2012 06:23:56 PM, IANS

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday strongly objected to and termed as "unfortunate" the government's new concept of people living on less than Rs.28 per day in urban areas and Rs.22.50 in rural areas being below the poverty line.

The opposition vociferously raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha and asked the government come up with an an appropriate method to calculate the poverty line in India.

"If you don't have a formula, come out with a formula to calculate poverty line," BJP leader S.S. Ahluwalia asked the government.

"The world hunger report says 89 percent of Indians live under poverty line, calculated according to international standards," he said, adding the government concept was flawed.

Raising the issue in Rajya Sabha, Ahluwalia said: "This is the end of poverty line and beginning of starvation line... Can the prime minister and finance minister manage in Rs.32 per day."

The Planning Commission Monday released data showing that poverty had significantly declined between 2004-05 and 2009-10.

It said poor were the ones who spend less than Rs.28 per day in urban areas and Rs.22.50 in rural areas. The new poverty line is lower than the earlier Rs 32-per-day mark that had triggered an outrage when the government submitted it to the Supreme Court last year.

Members of the Bahujan Samaj Party, AIADMK and the Left also joined the BJP in protesting against the new defined poverty line.




Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS






Top Stories

Mukul Roy sworn in as cabinet minister

Trinamool Congress MP Mukul Roy was Tuesday sworn in as a cabinet minister and is expected to replace party MP Dinesh Trivedi, who had to quit as railway minister following the rail budget in which he prop  

PM regrets Trivedi's departure as railway minister

Dinesh Trivedi finally bows, agrees to quit


  Most Read

Soldiers killed five in cold blood, CBI tells apex court

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Monday accused, in the apex court, army personnel of killing five "innocent" people in cold blood in the wake of the 2000 killing of 36 Sikhs in Kashmir's Anantnag district. Appearing  

Anxiety grips Hindus in Russia; prosecutors pursue 'Ban Gita' case

India's diplomatic efforts to resolve a controversy relating to Russian state prosecutors' bid to get a Russian interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita banned and branded extremist literature will be put to test again with a high court in the Siberian city of Tomsk set to deliver its final   


  News Pick

Gujarat: New India's blood rite?

Ten years on, links between the pogrom of 2002 and economic globalisation need to be considered

In February 2002 the western Indian state of Gujarat, governed by the Hindu nationalist chief minister  

Israel trying to thwart UN fact-finding mission on settlements

Israel is taking steps to prevent a Palestinian initiative at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to establish a fact-finding mission on West Bank settlements. According to the initiative, slated  

Maharashtra assembly disallows discussion on Pakistan panel visit

The Maharashtra legislative assembly speaker Monday did not allow a discussion on the visit by a Pakistan judicial commission to Mumbai in connection with the investigations into  


Picture of the Day

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee giving final touches to the General Budget 20112-13, in New Delhi on March 15, 2012. Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena and the Secretaries of the Ministry are also seen.



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant



Science & Technology



About us




Government Schemes










Contact us




    Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.