(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 25, 2011
AIDWA Condemns Plan Panelís Submission on BPL Criteria
The AIDWA is deeply shocked at the submission made by the Planning Commission to the Supreme Court on September 10 regarding new BPL criteria. As reported in the papers, the Commission has asserted that if a person's spending exceeds Rs 32 a day in an urban area or Rs 26 a day in rural areas, then the individual would not be counted as poor and be ineligible to access government schemes meant for those below the poverty line.
this outrageous contention made by the Planning Commission which is
perpetrating further injustice on the poor in our country. The
based on skewed methodological calculations placed before the Court are contradicted by several reports of
the government itself. Leave alone offer
any relief to the vast mass of poor in
The AIDWA condemns this strategy of the Planning Commission and demands that it re-examine its poverty estimates forthwith, along with the basis of their calculations. This is imperative to ensure inclusive coverage and to arrive at a meaningful criterion for fixing the number of those considered to be below the poverty line. The present submission in the SC will only further deny a large section of the poor their legitimate rights, including their right to basic food security.
The AIDWA calls upon all its units to firmly oppose the fixation of the new BPL criterion and related measures. We reiterate our demand for universal coverage of the public distribution system.