`Shortcomings of BPL survey to be addressed`
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Last Updated: Monday, August 01, 2011, 20:59
New Delhi: The government on Monday said that the shortcomings of the 2002 BPL survey were being addressed comprehensively in the ongoing Socio Economic and Caste Census exercise, and almost all the information would be placed in public domain once the process concludes in December.

"Checks and balances at several levels -- from the enumeration stage to public scrutiny at the Gram Sabha level - will ensure that there is no misreporting. Almost all of the information will be made available in the public domain," Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said in his foreword written on a booklet on the exercise.

The booklet on the "paperless" exercise being carried out for both rural and urban India was released today.

The entire exercise is being done on a handheld electronic device (tablet PC) and this will "drastically reduce" data entry errors and enumerator discretion, Ramesh said.

The Rural Development Ministry is carrying out the SECC 2011 between the month of June and December this year "through a comprehensive door to door enumeration" across the country.

It was launched on June 29 in Hazemora Block in West Tripura.

"There has been extensive public interest in estimating caste-wise population in the country, and on identifying households living below the poverty line. The last exercise to identify people living in poverty was conducted in 2002, but had several limitations," he said.

The booklet elaborates the difference between SECC, 2011 and the Planning Commission estimates of poverty.

"The Planning Commission provides estimates of the percentage of the rural and urban population living below the poverty line in different States/UTs. That is, it estimates the "how much" of poverty. The SECC, 2011 on the other hand, will provide information on the "who" of the population living below the poverty line," it said.


First Published: Monday, August 01, 2011, 20:59

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