BELOW POVERTY LINE

  • UP to provide free power connections to 1.72 lakh families July 19, 2014

    The Uttar Pradesh government will provide free electricity connections to 1.72 lakh below poverty line (BPL) families in the state, officials said on Saturday. Chief secretary Alok Ranjan has issued an order for getting the desired logistics. He said the construction of 33/11 substations in 166 out of out of 201...
  • Maharashtra: Girls above 18 years in BPL families to get Rs 1 lakh for education August 29, 2013

    The Maharashtra government will soon table an insurance scheme under which the girl child, born in below poverty line families, will get Rs 1 lakh for education on turning 18. Mooted by Women and Child Development Ministry, the scheme --Sukanya-- would be tabled in the cabinet meet, scheduled on Friday. Under...
  • Between the 'Illfare' State and the Deep Sea August 27, 2013

    Bibek Debroy Profile: Bibek Debroy is Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. He is an economist and has worked in universities, institutes, industry bodies and for the government. He has authored several books and articles, with an interest in trade, education, health, law and governance. Welfare state is an...
  • Status check: A Mumbai slum family earning Rs 7,000 a month not BPL? July 31, 2013

    Mumbai: After being reduced to a farce by politicians, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia admitted that poverty figures are at an all time low. CNNIBN's Smitha Nair tried to find out if it is possible to survive in a Mumbai slum for close to Rs 7,000 a month. It...
  • Poverty line debate: Is a monthly income of Rs 6000 enough to sustain a family of 5? July 29, 2013

    The Planning Commission says any individual who can spend more than Rs 33 a day is above poverty line. It says this amount is adequate to meet expenditure for food, health and education. But is the estimate far away from the realities on the ground? CNNIBN tracks the family of...
  • Poverty measured on basis of calorie intake is flawed: Rupashree Nanda July 29, 2013

    People with per capita consumption of Rs 33 in urban India and Rs 28 in rural India are held as above poverty line in India. Is the current measure of poverty line a joke? CNNIBN's special correspondent Rupashree Nanda joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the issue. Q. I think...
  • Can one get a meal for Rs 5? Not in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata July 26, 2013

    New Delhi: A day after Congress leaders claimed that one can get a complete meal at Re 1, Rs 5, Rs 12 and Rs 15, CNNIBN did a ground check which shows that the politicians not related by the ground reality. Mumbaikars have slammed Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar, who had claimed...
  • Re 1 enough to fill your stomach, it depends on what you eat: Farooq July 26, 2013

    New Delhi: The war of words between the government and Opposition over poverty figures continues with more startling statements being made. After Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar's Rs 12 claim, now Union Minister Farooq Abdullah has courted controversy by saying that one can have a full meal for just Re 1...
  • Mumbaikars' answer to Raj Babbar: A meal cost Rs 12, twenty years back July 26, 2013

    Mumbai: A day after Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar claimed that he can get a complete meal in Mumbai for Rs 12, CNNIBN did a ground check which shows that it's just another bogus comment by a politician. Mumbaikars have slammed Babbar for his comment and said that the claim is not...
  • Failure to pass Food Bill is unfortunate: Amartya Sen May 4, 2013

    Greater Noida: Noble laureate Amratya Sen on Saturday said it is unfortunate that government has not been able to push through the Food Security Bill that sought to provide subsidised foodgrains to people below poverty line. "It is unfortunate that we are not able to pass the Food Security Bill because...
  • 'Only 26.7 per cent below poverty line by 2015' April 29, 2013

    Bangkok: India on Monday said that with continuous and concerted efforts, people living below poverty line will be down to 26.7 per cent by 2015, but improving sanitation facilities in the country still remains a challenge. The visiting Minister of State for Commerce and Industry of India, Dr Dagubatti Purandeswari...
  • Cabinet clears Food Security Bill without any changes March 19, 2013

    New Delhi: The Cabinet has cleared the UPA's gamechanger Food Security Bill. The revised Bill was cleared by the Cabinet without any further changes. The Food Security Bill seeks to provide for uniform 5 kg of foodgrains per month per person at a highly subsidised price of Rs 1-3 per...
  • New panel to be set up to reassess poverty figures March 22, 2012

    New Delhi: A new committee will be set up to reassess poverty estimates, according to sources. The committee is to be set up by the Planning Commission. An announcement is likely to made at 4 pm on Thursday. The government has been facing flak over what exactly constitutes poverty and what are...
  • Poverty line: BJP demands debate in Rajya Sabha March 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The Planning Commission's latest report on poverty rates declining has raised a storm in Parliament. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded a reply from the government in the Rajya Sabha on the latest numbers. The Planning Commission on Monday said that the poverty in India has come down...
  • Plan panel backs down, removes Rs 32 BPL cap October 3, 2011

    New Delhi: The Planning Commission has backed down after fixing Rs 32 for urban areas and Rs 26 per day for rural areas as the poverty line in an affidavit in the Supreme Court. The Commission said that the cap will not apply for government schemes for the poor. Now,...
  • Plan panel may remove Rs 32 BPL cap October 3, 2011

    New Delhi: A day after he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Planning Commission Dy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia will meet Rural Development Min Jairam Ramesh on Monday on the per capita Below Poverty Line (BPL) cap. This will be the first meeting after the controversial affidavit, which was endorsed by the...
  • Rs 32 poverty line cap set to be revised October 2, 2011

    New Delhi: The Planning Commission is set to revise the Below Poverty Line (BPL) figure after the raging controversy over the Rs 32 per capita per day poverty line definition. Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Sunday met the Prime Minister for the first time since the controversy first...
  • Earn Rs 32 a day? Not poor enough September 21, 2011

    New Delhi: The Planning Commission on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the below poverty line (BPL) population in the country is 40.74 crore and the poverty line for the urban and rural areas could be provisionally placed at Rs 965 per capita per month (around Rs 32 per day)...
  • Form panel to identify BPL beneficiaries: Nitish September 16, 2011

    New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has suggested the formation of a separate and independent commission to identify Below Poverty Line (BPL) beneficiaries under the proposed food security law. He said the Commission should work independently like the Election Commission, which would help both the state and Central Governments in...
  • Kerala to offer rice for all at Rs 2 per kilo February 22, 2011

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Left Front government in Kerala is set to announce an ambitious programme where rice for all would be offered at Rs 2 per kg, according to state Finance Minister Thomas Issac. Currently rice for Rs 2 is available to only those who are listed in the below poverty line...
  • Draft of food security law gets NAC's nod July 14, 2010

    New Delhi: The National Advisory Council (NAC) on Wednesday reached an initial agreement on the draft of a food security law and recommended 35 kg of foodgrain be supplied per month at Rs 3 a kg to people in the country's onefourth districts considered the most disadvantaged. "While timebound universalisation of...
  • Budget before ballot: Swipe your card for good health February 9, 2009

    Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh): It may look like a preelection campaign but it's actually the Government's drive to ensure better health. Men and women in Talheri Buzurg in western UP lineup everyday to receive the benefits of a proposal made in the Union Budget in 2008 to provide health cards to...
  • This mantri lives below poverty line November 13, 2006

    Patna: Believe it or not! The name of a Cabinet minister in Bihar's Nitish Kumar Government figures in the list of people living below poverty line (BPL). Baidyanath Prasad Mahto, the state's Rural Development Minister, under whose supervision the new BPL list is being prepared, is himself shocked over the inclusion...