DNA: Delhi's Fortis hospital held infant's body for Rs 3,500

Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj, Delhi refused to hand over the body of a 17-day-old child to his below poverty line parents, demanding that they clear the pending bill of Rs.3,500.

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Government claims health initiatives benefitting masses

 To reduce out of pocket expenditure in public health facilities, the government is promoting the use of several initiatives such as the Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK), the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), the expansion of Universal Immunisation Programme, free emergency referral services and the NHM-Free Drugs Service Initiative and the NHM-Free Diagnostic Service Initiative.

Task forces set up to eradicate poverty, develop agriculture sector

Jharkhand government today set up two task forces, both headed by Development Commissioner, in its effort to eradicate poverty and develop the agriculture sector.

Collect data on minorities under BPL: Parliamentary panel to Minority Affairs ministry

A Parliamentary Panel has asked the Ministry of Minority Affairs to immediately initiate a process to collect data on people of minority communities living below the poverty line.

Christians not in favour of anti-conversion law

Delhi Archbishop on Thursday said the Christian community was not in favour of any anti-conversion legislation and called the 'Ghar Wapsi' campaign of certain RSS-linked outfits a "threat" to peace and harmony.

Health care package for BPL families in Assam

Assam government would introduce a total health care package for families belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL), Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Thursday.

Punjab to roll out 225 citizen-centric services by May 2015

 Punjab will set up 2,600 unified civil services centres in all villages and 137 towns in the state by May 2015 to provide 225 citizen-centric services related to various departments, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said Thursday.

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.

BPL category may get free medicines; PDS may exclude tax payers

The Centre is working on a solution to ensure that poor get benefits like free medicines and check-ups in speciality government hospitals on the basis of their BPL ration cards while eliminating income tax payers and top officials from the ambit of PDS.

UP to give free power connections to 1.72 lakh families

The Uttar Pradesh government will provide free electricity connections to 1.72 lakh below poverty line families in the state, officials said.

HC to Gujarat govt: Provide BPL cards to 1.45 lakh applicants

The Gujarat High Court directed the state government here on Tuesday to provide below poverty line (BPL) cards to 1.45 lakh applicants from Junagadh district, after processing their applications within two months, in response to a public interest litigation (PIL).

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.

Bring homeguard jawans under BPL: BJP

Punjab BJP accused the state government of not paying heed to the "plight" of homeguard jawans, demanding that they should be brought under the Below Poverty Line.

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.

Cannot revise BPL criteria unilaterally: Guj govt

Gujarat government today clarified that it had not issued any new guidelines for identification of Below Poverty Line families, saying it could not take such a step unilaterally without involving the Centre.

MP CM waives off electric bills of people below poverty line

With polls in mind, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a waiver of electricity bills of people below the poverty line, upto June 2013.

Poverty has declined at much faster rate during UPA regime: Congress

Congress on Wednesday conceded that there has been price rise but said poverty has declined at a much faster rate during UPA regime as compared to NDA rule.

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.

China still has 200 million poor below poverty line: CPC

Concerned over the rising wealth gap in Chinese society, top leaders of the ruling Communist Party of China have pledged to uplift over 200 million people from poverty in the coming years.