Poverty Line

  • Noida: School provides free education to 300 underprivileged children 02-09-2013 11:34 AM

    Hoshiarpur: For many children in India education is a distant dream. But Om Foundation in Noida is a ray of hope for those who want to study but have no funds. Afflicted by polio, life for 6-year-old Rohit has not been easy. His family moved to Noida from Balia in...
  • Maharashtra: Girls above 18 years in BPL families to get Rs 1 lakh for education 29-08-2013 01:04 PM

    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....
  • Between the 'Illfare' State and the Deep Sea 27-08-2013 02:35 PM

    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...
  • Hooda to launch Food Security scheme in Haryana on August 20 17-08-2013 12:40 AM

    Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will launch the ambitious Food Security scheme in the state from Panipat on August 20, on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi's birth anniversary. The scheme would simultaneously be launched by the incharge ministers of districts at the district level, a spokesman of the state...
  • Haryana government to give one lakh houses to BPL families 04-08-2013 03:59 AM

    Haryana government on Saturday said it will soon be able to provide one lakh houses to below poverty line families, residing in urban areas of the state. Haryana Principal Secretary, Panchayat and Development and Rural Development Department Ram Niwas, said under a new scheme, the Housing Board will construct 50,000...
  • Status check: A Mumbai slum family earning Rs 7,000 a month not BPL? 31-07-2013 11:11 AM

    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. CNN-IBN'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....
  • Poverty line status check: Can a family of 5 live on Rs 6,000 a month? 30-07-2013 11:11 AM

    New Delhi: As politicians reduce the poverty line debate to a farce, CNN-IBN's Rupashree Nanda spent a day with a family of five to do a status check. She checked whether it was actually possible to live on Rs 6,000 per month. The Planning Commission says that any individual who...
  • Government ready to revise the poverty line figure: Montek 29-07-2013 05:40 PM

    New Delhi: Amid mounting criticism of poverty reduction estimates by the Planning Commission, the panel's Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Monday said that the poverty line decided by Tendulkar Committee was being relooked at. Ahluwalia said Rangarajan Committee, which was formed to give its report on poverty, will take...
  • Poverty measured on basis of calorie intake is flawed: Rupashree Nanda 29-07-2013 05:21 PM

    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? CNN-IBN's special correspondent Rupashree Nanda joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the issue. Q. I...
  • Mayawati criticises Congress for 'disrespecting' poor 27-07-2013 03:42 PM

    Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Saturday criticised the Congress for "complete disrespect" to poor people in the country, saying that recent comments of its leaders indicated they did not know what being poor meant. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister told journalists that Congress leaders' comments that people...
  • Raj Babbar regrets Rs 12 remark, MPs face flak for meal cost claims 26-07-2013 02:06 PM

    New Delhi: Congress leader Raj Babbar has expressed regret over his Rs 12 comment, saying that he was only referring to the Below Poverty Line families. He had earlier claimed that it was easy to get a full meal for Rs 12 even in Mumbai. The Congress, meanwhile, has distanced...
  • Can one get a meal for Rs 5? Not in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata 26-07-2013 01:50 PM

    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, CNN-IBN did a ground check which shows that the politicians not related by the ground reality. Mumbaikars have slammed Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar, who had...
  • Re 1 enough to fill your stomach, it depends on what you eat: Farooq 26-07-2013 09:25 AM

    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 26-07-2013 08:22 AM

    Mumbai: A day after Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar claimed that he can get a complete meal in Mumbai for Rs 12, CNN-IBN 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...
  • Failure to pass Food Bill is unfortunate: Amartya Sen 04-05-2013 08:58 PM

    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...
  • 'Only 26.7 per cent below poverty line by 2015' 29-04-2013 02:35 PM

    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...
  • PM to discuss poverty line cap with panel 23-11-2011 11:04 PM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called a meeting on Thursday to discuss the issue of poverty line cap fixed by the Planning Commission which sparked an outcry from various quarters. Singh will discuss the issue with Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and other members of...
  • Richard Parker: Statistical measures don't define poverty 25-10-2011 01:05 PM

    RICHARD PARKER Age: 64 Designation: Senior Fellow at the Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School Education: B.A. in Economics, Dartmouth College; D.Phil in Economics, University of Oxford Career: Economist at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); Biographer of John Kenneth Galbraith, US Ambassador to India under John F. Kennedy Interests: Kayaking,...
  • How realistic is Plan Panel's Rs 32 BPL cap? 05-10-2011 12:26 PM

    New Delhi: The Planning Commission's definition for poor has raised a storm across the country. According to Planning Commission, Rs 32 is the limit after adjusting inflation. But let's check how realistic this limit is. Rickshaw puller Jitender Paswan earns Rs 100 a day. Out of this, he spends Rs...
  • Plan panel backs down, removes Rs 32 BPL cap 03-10-2011 09:00 PM

    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,...
  • The Rs 32 question: How the poverty line is fixed 03-10-2011 05:20 PM

    New Delhi: Last week, the Planning Commission filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court updating the official poverty line to Rs 965 per month in urban areas and Rs 781 in rural areas. This works out to Rs 32 and and Rs 26 per day, respectively. The perceived inadequacy of...
  • Govt removes Rs 32 BPL cap, to set up new panel 03-10-2011 03:24 PM

    New Delhi: Facing severe criticism over its Rs 32 cap in urban areas for determining the poverty line, the Government finally decided to remove the condition on Monday. The decision to remove the Below Poverty Line (BPL) cap came after Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Union Rural...
  • Plan panel may remove Rs 32 BPL cap 03-10-2011 07:33 AM

    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...
  • Rs 32 poverty line cap set to be revised 02-10-2011 09:05 PM

    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...
  • Rahul forces rethink on Rs 32 poverty line 01-10-2011 07:09 AM

    New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi, tipped by many in the Congress to become the Prime Minister, has sought a fresh look on the Rs 32 yardstick for poverty. Sources said the Planning Commission is now likely to do a rethink on the below poverty line (BPL) yardstick. Sources said the Congress...
  • Live on Rs 32 a day: Aruna Roy to Montek 30-09-2011 10:42 AM

    New Delhi: An open letter from the Right to food Campaigners to Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission. September 29th, 2011 Dear Mr Ahluwalia, While you were abroad deliberating on global matters, the Planning Commission filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court claiming that the "poverty line...
  • Earn Rs 32 a day? Not poor enough 21-09-2011 07:59 AM

    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 16-09-2011 01:43 PM

    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...