The Planning Commission whose Chairman is Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh and Dy. Chairman Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia has submitted to the Supreme Court that those who are getting Rs. 26 in rural areas and Rs. 32 in urban areas are above the poverty line. Those who are getting less than that is Below Poverty Line (BPL) and hence eligibile for the government reliefs. This is not only cruel but an inhuman decision.
Everybody knows that these Planning Commission heads are not at all aware of the ground realities but are only basing their decisions of the IMF-World Bank- WTO wave length. They don’t know what poverty is. They don’t care how the poor people live.They are sitting in ivory towers.
I think it is appropriate to quote a sentence from an article published in a left weekly:
“Let Planning Commission chairman Manmohan Singh, deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and other members live on the food items purchasable in the above amounts and show they can survive more than three months. One can bet they will die.”