We spoke to grassroot practitioners and organisations that are working with the poor to provide them access to rights and entitlements that are due to them. A snapshot of responses: “We do not believe in targeting” - Ulka Mahajan, Anna Adhikar Abhiyaan, Maharashtra We do not believe in targeting. We think that the ‘Below Poverty Line’ [...]
by Reetika Khera The Planning Commission’s recent affidavit to the Supreme Court has had one positive fallout: it is has generated a long overdue debate on the need to revisit the policy of capping the coverage of some important government programmes using official poverty lines (currently Rs. 32/day in urban areas and Rs. 26/day in [...]
by Charis Elizabeth Idicheria A number of central, state and local government bodies regularly and collectively, albeit not always concertedly, determine whether households in India are Below the Poverty Line (BPL), and the concurrent benefits they are entitled to receive. The Centre has guidelines that delineate both the means of identification and the number of [...]
by Swathi Shivanand A new localised experiment is moving away from the highly debated poverty line and identifying those who are in actual need of support. A look at the ongoing ‘vulnerability’survey in New Delhi. There is no perfect method for accurately distinguishing between poor and non-poor. At some point, any effort based on consumption, [...]
by Shobha SV Mankur is a village in Patdi block of Surendranagar district, Gujarat. Before 2011, there were 30-40 families who were classified as ‘Below Poverty Line’. Cut to the present, there are three families. How did the poor become not-so-poor suddenly? Well, some answers lie with computerisation of the Public Distribution System (PDS) in [...]
by Himanshu and Rinku Murgai The Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011 currently underway is being canvassed jointly by the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD), Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) and the Registrar General of India (RGI). However, even before the results of the SECC are made available, it has come under considerable [...]
The Pardhi community is one of the de-notified tribes in the country. Commonly perceived as thieves since colonial times, most members fled to Mumbai from their villages in Marathwada in the 1960s. Despite a government resolution passed in 2008 to give every member of the tribe a BPL card, several families haven’t been given one, [...]
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