Tuesday, 8 November 2011

What development and high GDP means to the poor in India?

The problem with counting the poor is the target given to each state, that you would have these many poors only. How can they define poors themselves without doing an actual survey? This is farce and totally unjustified. States are redefining povery lines, so a poor in one state may not be a poor in another, why this discrimination?

Below is how the Outlook understand this in analytical manner;

The pitfalls of “BPL targeting” have become increasingly clear in recent years. First, there is no reliable way of identifying poor households, and the exclusion errors are enormous: at least three national surveys indicate that, around 2004-05, about half of all poor households in rural India did not have a “BPL card”. Second, India’s poverty line is abysmally low, so that even if all the BPL cards were correctly and infallibly allocated to poor households, large numbers of people who are in dire need of social support would remain excluded from the system. In 2009-10, for instance, the official poverty line in Delhi was around Rs 30 per person per day. This is just about enough to buy one kilogram of rice and a one-way bus ticket that would take you three stops down the road. Third, BPL targeting is extremely divisive, and undermines the unity and strength of public demand for functional social services, making a collaborative right into a divisive privilege......

1 comment:

  1. A very good article in Pragati, the link