Ranchi: Leaders in Jharkhand on Thursday asked
Centre to advise Planning Commission to submit a `revised`
affidavit before the Supreme Court and withdraw its submission
that people spending more than Rs 32 a day in urban and 26 a
day in village areas would be ineligible to get the benefits
given to BPL families.
"We disagree with Planning Commission`s submission. We
urge Centre to ask Planning Commission to revise the same,"
PCC General Secretary-cum-spokesman Sailesh Sinha said here
Reacting to the affidavit, BJP`s state unit spokesman
Pradip Sinha said, "It`s not only injustice to the poor but
also a cruel joke on their poverty in the face of stiff price
rise. Planning Commission should file a fresh affidavit which
should look practical."
JMM MLA and party general secretary S S Bhokta,
CPI-ML(Liberation) MLA Vinod Singh, RJD`s Legislature Party
leader Annapurna Devi and Marxist Coordination Committee MLA
Arup Chaterjee termed it "impractical and a mockery of
"I think if members of Planning Commission volunteer
to subsist on Rs 32 or Rs 26 only for a day, they would know
how impractical their submission is," Chatterjee said.
Planning Commission`s affidavit reportedly claimed Rs
32 was sufficient for pulses, cereals, edible oil, milk,
spices, vegetables, fruits, cooking fuel, conveyance,
education, footwear, clothes in urban areas and Rs 26 in