Cong, BJP spar over Gujarat BPL figures

Cong, BJP spar over Gujarat BPL figures

A circular on poverty figures appearing on a Gujarat government website has triggered a political controversy with the Congress on Monday accusing Chief minister Narendra Modi of mocking the poor by pegging abysmal lower poverty levels in the state. 

The BJP, however, hit back by arguing that the below poverty line (BPL) figures were compiled by the planning commission which comes under the Central government.

The state civil supplies department online circular states that it was using Rs 10.80 a day as the benchmark for those who can avail benefits of the subsidies offered by the state government. So, as per the benchmark, welfare schemes like heavily subsidised foodgrain could not be offered to households that earn more than Rs 324 a month in villages or Rs 501 in cities. That means that someone with a daily income of Rs 10.80 is not considered as the state’s poorest.

Facing criticism from various quarters, the state government has said these figures are based on guidelines issued by the Centre in 2004 for the allocation of ration cards, which entitle poor families to subsidies. 

“It also said that the Centre’s calculations allow 21 lakh families to receive subsidised grain and the state government, from its own resources, is giving the ration to additional 11 lakh families,” said BJP leader Jaynarayan Vyas.

“Poverty-line criterion determination is an exclusive domain of the Planning Commission and the Centre. Congress has started criticising the Gujarat chief minister...without properly realising that the flak is on them. I wish the Congress does a bit of their homework,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters in Delhi.

She pointed out that despite several reminders to the United Progressive Alliance government from the state government to change the criterion for poverty determination, it has not been done so far. 

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