Poverty Eradication – Definition, Debates, etc.

Task force moots new panel on BPL

  1. Context: A task force headed by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya to prepare a road map for elimination of poverty has submitted its report to PMO
  2. It suggested setting up of a committee to identify people below the poverty line (BPL) & has also suggested participation from the States in defining the BPL population
  3. Background: Official measures are based on the Tendulkar poverty line
  4. But the line is not without its share of controversies, with many terming it being too low
  5. This had prompted the previous government to appoint the Rangarajan Committee, which has recommended higher rural and urban poverty lines
  6. Discuss: Present poverty line level in India is too low to capture real poverty. In this context, discuss the need for a new poverty line. What factors should be considered to make it real representative of poverty in India?
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