Row over poverty; NDC meeting put off by a week
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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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