See all articles by Arjun K. Sengupta on the question of Human Rights and Extreme Poverty, for the Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Arjun Sengupta National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector Poverty, Vulnerability and Informal Work Status: the High Congruence. 5 . While the Arjun Sengupta committee says it is 77%, the N.C. Saxena committee report puts it at 50%. The World Bank has its own estimate of.
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The Planning Commission’s submission to the Supreme Court last week, defining the poor to be those with daily spending not exceeding Rs 31 in urban and Rs 25 in the rural areas is politically and economically indefensible. Such a crude cut-off, derived from the Suresh Tendulkar Committee’s methodology for estimation of poverty, raises questions over the official poverty ratio of 32 per cent for which is based on the same methodology.
Saxena, arriving at a figure of 50 per cent just before the Tendulkar panel released its report in late All of this may seem a bit comical, but for the fact that the joke is at the expense of the poor.
For them, being officially entitled to below-poverty-line BPL status can be a matter of life and death, as it promises access to re;ort host of welfare schemes from cheap grains at ration shops to subsidised housing under the Indira Awaas Yojana.
This leads to the inescapable conclusion that abstract definitions of poverty lines must be done away with and replaced with more specific information reflecting the real living conditions of households.
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Take the findings of the Census: There can be no better measures of backwardness, if not poverty. The Census numbers on these indicators are not yet out; once they are, we will get a more updated picture. This Census, too, employs transparent criteria for exclusion of families from the BPL list — those owning motorised vehicles including tractors and harvestershaving Kisan Credit Cards with credit limit above Rs 50, holding a government job, and so on.
Given the poor credibility reporrt official poverty estimates — and the attendant risks of excluding even the genuinely needy from the ambit of welfare schemes — there is a case to shelve their usage for public policy purposes.
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Simultaneously, it must streamline delivery systems, weed out ineffective programmes and prioritise self-selection schemes such as MGNREGA. These can be supplemented with intelligent use of technology, particularly biometric information-based Unique Identification cards, which probably hold the key for the future of social welfare.
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In Maharashtra, it appears the rural jobs scheme is being implemented on paper alone. Still a work in progress.
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