NCP slams Planning Commission for BPL affidavit
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 00:03
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 development.

"If anybody has said that we do not agree to it," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said reacting to NCP's remarks.

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.


First Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 00:03

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