Row over poverty; NDC meeting put off by a week

Last Updated: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 21:36

New Delhi: Amid public outcry over Plan
panel`s definition of poverty, the government has decided to postpone the National Development Council`s (NDC) meeting to
approve Approach Paper to the 12th Plan by a week to October
22.

"Earlier the meet of the NDC was scheduled on October 15, but now it has been scheduled for October 22", a Planning Commission official said.

Following public outrage over Plan panel`s affidavit in
Supreme Court that persons consuming items in excess of Rs 32
a day in urban areas are not poor, Commission`s Deputy
Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, currently abroad, is reported
to have contacted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking
postponement of the NDC meeting.

Ahluwalia, who is on a 10-day foreign visit, is scheduled
to return on Saturday.
Recently Plan panel filed an affidavit in the Supreme
Court stating that people consuming items worth more than Rs
32 per day in urban India and Rs 26 in rural areas are not
poor.

Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika
Soni said, "These figures could undergo a change. Who knows
some other statistics may come up, which is acceptable to
Planning Commission.

"There is concern among people. There is a certain
disquiet in the civil society and some sections. They believe
the statistics are perhaps somewhat removed from the reality,"
Soni told reporters here today.

PTI



First Published: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 21:36

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