New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday alleged that the
ongoing debate on poverty has shown that the UPA government is
"insensitive" and demanded that a meeting of chief ministers
and all political parties be held to discuss the matter and
the problems related to it.
"The government has been completely insensitive on this
matter... There are so many versions of what the poverty line
should be... This is a grave situation and there is complete
disarray. How long will it take to decide how many people are
poor," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
The Planning Commission had earlier said that all those
earning more than Rs 32 per day in urban and Rs 26 per day in
rural areas do not fall under the BPL category.
Charging that this government has made "enough mockery"
of the poor, Sitharaman said the Manmohan Singh dispensation
is not able to decide whether to follow the criteria set by
the Tendulkar Committee (37 per cent population BPL), N C
Saxena Committee (50 per cent), Arjun Sengupta Committee (77
per cent), the World Bank (41 per cent) report, among others.
"BJP demands convening of a meeting of chief ministers
and all political parties on this issue," Sitharaman said,
adding that this would make clear what the confusions are in
the 600-odd districts in the country.
She maintained that this problem could not be left in a
limbo especially as the government seems to be making attempts
to buy time.
Sitharaman insisted that this was even more important as
the government "periodically and repeatedly" keeps talking
about a Food Security Bill, the intended beneficiaries of
which will be the poor.