New Delhi: An expert group committee for recommending a "suitable" methodology for conducting census of people living below poverty line (BPL) has been set up, government said on Tuesday.
"The last BPL census was conducted in 2002. For the
next one, the ministry of rural development has set up an
expert group committee headed by Dr N C Saxena," Union
minister for rural development C P Joshi stated in a written
reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
"The terms of reference of the expert group,
inter-alia, include recommending a suitable methodology for
conducting census," he stated.
He was asked whether an expert committee set up by the
ministry has pointed out a large number of families living
under chronic poverty are often excluded from BPL list,
exposing flaws in systems of identification of such families
for implementing government`s mega anti-poverty programmes
including targeted public distribution system.