New Delhi: `Only meeting, lunch and rest`
seems to be the job of the Planning Commission, a miffed NCP,
which is a constituent of the ruling UPA, on Wednesday said showing
its indignation at the plan body`s affidavit that those
earning upto Rs 32 per day were above poverty line.
"Planning Commission affidavit shows total lack of
sensitivity towards the poor and it has been fortunately
rejected by a Planning Commission member Abhijit Sen and
righly so," NCP general secretary DP Tripathi said.
He recalled that acclaimed Hindi author Shrilal Shukla
in his classic satire Rag Darbari had said "Planning ke teen
kaam, meeting, lunch aur aaram".
"How prophetically correct he was," Triphathi said.
Congress was quick to rebut the ally`s contention saying
the Commission has played a crucial role in nation`s
"If anybody has said that we do not agree to it,"
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said reacting to NCP`s
Singhvi recalled that the Commission constituted by first
Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru has played a crucial role in
the nation`s development since the country`s independence.
The Congress spokesperson at the same time said that what
was said in the affidavit was "not the last word" and that
there was "no question of taking any positive and sensitive
input" on the issue of BPL benchmarking lightly.