New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party on Wednesday sought
removal of Montek Singh Ahluwalia from the post of Deputy
Chairman of Planning Commission for the panel`s fresh poverty
estimates pegging poverty line at Rs 28.65 per capita daily
consumption in cities.
"Prime Minister is responsible as he is the chairman of
the Commission. He should remove the Deputy Chairman of the
Planning Commission from the post," SP chief Mulayam Singh
told reporters outside Parliament here.
As per the estimates, the poverty ratio has been pegged
at 29.8 per cent in 2009-10, down from 37.2 per cent in
2004-05. These are based on the daily per capita consumption
of Rs 28.65 in urban cities and Rs 22.42 in rural areas.
He said the Planning Commission`s report on poverty is
not correct. "It is totally wrong. They do not have any idea
of village or rural life. They live in AC rooms and make their
report on the basis of reading some papers," SP leader said.
Lok Sabha witnessed disruption over the Plan panel
report on poverty.