(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 25, 2012
Fraudulent Poverty Estimates of Planning Commission
Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of
THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) condemns the efforts of the Planning Commission to use fraudulent methods to deliberately underestimate the level of poverty in the country. In spite of the national outrage when the Planning Commission had given its earlier estimates to the Supreme Court, it has retained the same poverty measure suggested by the Tendulkar committee. This has meant an absurdly low national poverty line of Rs 22.40 per day for an adult in rural areas and Rs 28.65 per day for an adult in urban areas, in 2009-10. Anyone spending more that this is being categorised as non-poor. On the basis of these flawed figures, the Planning Commission claims that the proportion of BPL persons has gone down by 7 per cent between 2004-05 to 2009-10.
This shows the huge gap between the members of the Planning Commission and the reality lived by crores of people in this country who have been burdened by relentless price rise amidst meagre incomes. It hardly needs to be stated that these are destitution lines and it is a shame that an institution chaired by the prime minister should produce such absurd figures.
is shocking is that even with these gross under-estimates, large
our population are shown to continue living in destitution. The
ranges from 37-39 per cent in states like Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand,
Pradesh and Odisha to around 50 per cent in
the recently released Household Amenities and Assets Census of 2011
extent of poverty in different spheres in
CPI(M) considers the Planning Commission’s poverty estimates to be a
attempt to conceal the reality of glaring inequalities and increasing