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SC summons Chief Secys of 10 drought-affected states

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued summons to the Chief Secretaries of 10 states asking them to appear before it on April 26 in connection with the drought case.

Government to launch 'Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojna' for senior citizens

Senior citizens, living below the poverty line, will now get for free assistive devices like hearing aids and wheelchairs under the government's Rs 477 crore scheme which is set to be rolled out next week.

Odisha registers 7.94% growth, 82 lakh people cross BPL

Odisha has registered a gross state domestic product (GSDP) growth rate of 7.94 per cent in 2016-17 against the national average of 7.1 per cent, besides registering a big reduction in the rate of poverty.

43 million Americans lived below poverty line in 2015: Census

More than 43 million Americans lived below poverty line in 2015, a US Census report said on Tuesday, indicating that the world's largest economy experienced one of the sharpest decline in poverty rates in 16 years.

Congress leader Digvijay Singh taken aback after seeing his name in Below Poverty Line list

Congress leader Digvijay Singh taken aback after seeing his name in Below Poverty Line list

AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh claimed he and his family were included in the list of Below Poverty Line (BPL) people by the MP government.

Crisis pulls 2.6 mn children below poverty line: UNICEF

At least 2.6 million children have fallen below the poverty line in the world`s richest nations since the economic crisis struck in 2008, UNICEF said in a hard-hitting report Tuesday.

Economic Survey favours direct cash subsidies for BPL households

The government's pre-budget Economic Survey Wednesday suggested payment of subsidy in cash for those below poverty line through technologies like biometric identification, observing the current methodology has led to distorted resource allocation.

Decline in below poverty line population: Govt

Government on Wednesday said there is a noticeable decline in below poverty line population in the country between 2004 and 2012.

If you earn more than Rs 27.20 per day, you are not poor

Poverty ratio in the country has declined to 21.9 percent in 2011-12 from 37.2 percent in 2004-05 on account of increase in per capita consumption, Planning Commission said.

CCEA may decide on extra 5 mn ton grains for BPL families Thursday

The CCEA is likely to consider on Thursday a proposal to allocate an additional 5 million tonnes of foodgrains to families below the poverty line (BPL), entailing a subsidy of about Rs 9,470 crore.

More fund to BPL families under Indira Aawas Yojana

Government intends to increase financial assistance given to BPL families under the Indira Aawas Yojana to Rs 84,000 from Rs 45,000 to build dwelling units, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh informed Lok Sabha Thursday.

'Rs 29,151cr allocated under schemes for BPL families in FY13'

The government has allocated Rs 29,151.89 crore in 2012-13 under various schemes for benefit of families living Below Poverty Line (BPL), the Minister of State for Planning Rajeev Shukla said in Parliament Wednesday.

IRDA's draft proposal for insurance cover to BPL families

Regulator IRDA has come with a draft proposal to expand the reach of insurance cover to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the next five years.

Food Ministry mulls increasing pulses subsidy to Rs 20/kg

The Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry is planning to provide pulses through ration shops to families below poverty line (BPL) and has proposed to double subsidy at Rs 20/kg for insulating the poor from high prices.

Poverty decline rate doubled during UPA regime: Montek

As per the data released by the Planning Commission, the rate of poverty reduction between 2004-05 to 2009-10 was 1.5 percent every year whereas it stood at an annual rate of 0.74 percent between 1993-94 to 2004-05.

30,000 government servants shift to APL

A total of 30,000 government employees have changed their Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards to Above Poverty Line (APL) cards in the state.