New Delhi: Under attack from Opposition and
sections of civil society, Congress on Wednesday reacted cautiously
to Planning Commission`s affidavit that those earning upto Rs
32 per day were above poverty line, saying this was "not the
It also expressed readiness to consider all sensitive
inputs over the issue while making a plea not to dismiss
decisions on such issues out of hand.
"This is certainly not the last word. All positive and
sensitive inputs can be looked into...every constructive
positive element of civil society is entitled to give a
positive input. There is no question of taking sensitive
"There can be bonafide differences of opinion but they
should put their views before the Planning Commission," party
spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.
He at the same stressed that the decisions like these are
taken on the basis of empirical and statistical data and hence
it must be left to the judgement of experts
"But let us not be dismissive...I don`t think they
deserve to be dismissed lightly...," he said, adding that such
decisions are taken by experts after consideration for years.
The BJP has attacked the government for stating in an
affidavit in the Supreme Court that those earning upto Rs 32
per day were above the poverty line, saying it was an "insult
and betrayal" of the poor.
Sonia Gandhi led National Advisory Council member Aruna
Roy has also lashed out at the move saying the affidavit
reflects the government`s deep lack of empathy for the poor
and a perspective completely divorced from reality.