BJD for assembly resolution supporting Saxena Committee report

The ruling BJD demanded passage of a resolution in the Assembly to accept Saxena Committee report which had identified 66 lakh families living below the poverty line in the state.

Updated: Mar 31, 2011, 20:56 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: With a large number of poor
being denied BPL cards in Orissa, the ruling BJD today
demanded passage of a resolution in the Assembly to accept
Saxena Committee report which had identified 66 lakh families
living below the poverty line in the state.

"Let this house pass a unanimous resolution accepting
the findings of the Saxena Committee that observed that 86 per
cent of the state`s population were poor," BJD`s senior member
Kalpataru Das said.

He supported NCP legislature party leader Amar
Satpathy who sought a statement from Panchayati Raj Minister
Prafulla Samal on the fresh BPL survey in the state.

While the state government had been claiming that it
was unable to prepare fresh BPL list due to lack of proper
guidelines from the Centre, a large number of people were
denied benefits.

Two days ago, Samal had told the Assembly that the
state government would prepare a fresh BPL list within two
months of getting guidelines from the Centre.

The last BPL survey conducted in the state was way
back in 1997. The number of poor families had meanwhile
increased despite economic growth in the state, BJD MLA Das
alleged adding that many poor people were denied the benefits
due to lack of BPL cards.

BJD MLA Sanjay Das Burma also suggested the state
government to take advantage of a recent Supreme Court
judgement which observed that a BPL survey could be done
without guidelines from the Centre.

This apart, many MLAs also pointed out that there were
varied report from different committees on the number of BPL
families in the state.

While Saxena Committee put the number of BPL families
at 66 lakh, Tendulkar Committee found 46 lakh such families in
the state. The Planning Commission, on the other hand, put the
number of BPL families within 38 lakh.

"In order to overcome confusion and provide facilities
to poor, the state government should accept Saxena Committee
report," Das said.

PTI