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Verbal autopsy in case of selected suspected starvation deaths.

Session V

Problems with Current Below Poverty Line (BPL) Identification System3 - Manas Ranjan

BPL survey 2002 - Some Learning from the Field

After the end of the BPL Survey 2002, delayed in Rajasthan till 2003 due to famine conditions in 2002-2003, some of our worst fears about the unsuitability of the design and administration of the survey have come true. Some of the major findings are narrated below. The findings are drawn from our analysis of the Primary Score Sheets for the Sheokar Gram Panchayat of Barmer District. Before narrating our findings it is appropriate that we state the limitations of the method used by us.

Limitations

We used the score sheets provided by the Government to the Gram Sabha for verification. Hence the Government did provide scope for correction. However, there are a few reasons why we consider that the Gram Sabha process initiated by the Government would not have been able to make the necessary changes.

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Detailed score sheets were not displayed before the Gram Sabha. Only total points were provided against the names of the households. This would not allow villagers to find out the specific parameters under which the information depicted in the Score

3 Based upon notes provided by speaker

Report – Two-days workshop on Right to Food

17 and 18 September 2005, Nagpur

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