Jharkhand demand revised affidavit by Planning Com
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 17:03
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 today.

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 poverty-stricken people".

"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 village areas.


First Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 17:03

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