Need to improve methodology to identify poor: NCP leader
New Delhi: There is a need for improvement in the methodology to identify the poor and the Planning Commission should review the criteria for arriving at poverty numbers, NCP leader and Minister of State for Agriculture Tariq Anwar said on Tuesday.
Anwar`s remarks come in the wake of a major uproar over the recent poverty estimates.
"Planning Commission should review the criteria for identification of poverty level," he said on the sidelines of a Bio-Agri summit.
"There is a scope for improvement in the criteria as times have changed," he added.
Anwar said there is a need to change the criteria as prices have risen.
Yesterday, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia had admitted that the method of tabulating the number of poor is "abstract" and said it is being reworked.
Ahluwalia sought to distance himself from the controversial data released last week according to which poverty figures declined to 21.9 percent in 2011-12 from 37.2 percent in 2004-05, saying the figures were based on the assessment of an expert committee.
When asked about Congress taking credit of bringing food security ordinance, Anwar said that the credit goes to all parties part of the government, including the NCP.
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