BPL headcount expected in a month, says Pawar

Debate on headcount of India`s families living below poverty line is expected to be settled once the Planning Commission gives its report in a month, Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said on Friday.

Updated: May 07, 2010, 17:42 PM IST

New Delhi: Debate on headcount of India`s
families living below poverty line is expected to be settled
once the Planning Commission gives its report in a month, Food
and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said on Friday.

"We are awaiting final report from the Planning
Commission, which will be accepted by the Government...the
report is expected in a month," he said in Rajya Sabha during
Question Hour.
Several committees (like Arjun Sengupta, Tendulkar and
Wadhwa) had given different estimates about the number of BPL
families.

On top of it, state governments have their own figures for
BPL families - in wide variation of the data of the Centre,
Pawar said.

Against the Planning Commission`s existing estimate of
6.54 crore BPL households, the combined figures of states work
out to over 11 crore.
These differences are delaying the approval of the
Centre`s ambitious Right to Food Security Bill by the
Empowered Group of Ministers.

Under the proposed bill, BPL families would have a legal
right to get rice or wheat at Rs 3 per kg. The monthly
quantity could be 35 kg.

PTI