Govt may change Rs 32/day BPL norm
New Delhi: Government today indicated that the
Planning Commission could change its controversial affidavit
on BPL, which had held that people earning more than Rs 25 in
rural areas and Rs 32 in urban areas do not come under this
category of the poor.
"These figures could undergo a change, who knows some
other statistics may come up, which is acceptable to Planning
"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,"
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni told
Asked about the open letter written by two prominent
social activists and NAC members Aruna Roy and Harsh Mander to
Planning Commission Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia
questioning the affidavit by the plan panel, Soni said, "I too
may have some questions on the figures that has been given.
Many people have questions on the affidavit."
Mandar and Roy have reportedly asked Ahluwalia to withdraw
the poverty line affidavit filed by the panel before the
Supreme Court or resign.
Noting that Roy and Mandar are "prominent" members of the
civil society, Soni said the government is waiting for the
Planning Commission's final document.
Soni insisted that the affidavit submitted by the plan
panel before the Supreme Court is not a final document.
"Planning Commission had given an affidavit. When we
asked for information from the panel regarding it, we were
told that it an initial document and not a final document,"