Montek Singh Ahluwalia plan to meet Jairam for BPL cap.

Montek Singh AhluwaliaNew Delhi: A day after Montek Singh Ahluwalia met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he will meet Rural Development Min Jairam Ramesh on Monday on the per capita Below Poverty Line (BPL) cap.

This will be 1st meeting after the controversial affidavit, which was approved by the Prime Minister was filed in the SC. The matter will come up in the court on October 11.

The view of the Planning Commission that a person can meet expenditure of ‘food, health and education’ with a sum of Rs 32 in the cities and Rs 26 in the villages flashed widespread disbelief and condemnation forcing the Congress Party to go into damage control. Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi too is allegedly unhappy with these figures.

“There are different issues. I will discuss this with all the members, and then take a view,” said Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Civil society members have also slammed the poverty index. “Well, if you are always going to say that growth is primary and the poor should disappear from sight and if they are there, they should take the crumbs, then one day it will rebound like the India shining campaign . It’s a warning, it is not a statement,” said social activist Aruna Roy.

With Uttar Pradesh going to the polls next year, the Planning Commission’s proclamation is bound to be exploited politically. If caps are removed when it comes to deciding beneficiaries, it might be more acceptable to the states, politically beneficial for the party.


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