Sheets is untrue.
Gram Sabha proceedings do not last more than five-six hours. However, a detailed discussion on the Score sheets would need much more time as scores for more than 1000 households would need to be discussed with each household being evaluated against 13 different parameters. Even at the level of Ward Sabha there would be about 70 Households, and a thorough discussion is likely to take more than two days.
The Gram Sabha would be allowed to make corrections in case the Score Sheet has been filled incorrectly. Hence, it would not be able to improve the selection process where the errors in selection emanate from the faulty design of the Questionnaire itself.
A highly erroneous score sheet would discourage the village level processes.
The BPL identification process is based on the setting of a cut off point. The cut off point would be set so as to ensure that the percentage of households selected under the BPL category roughly approximate to the Target provided by the central government to the state government.
The figure provided by the centre to the state of Rajasthan is 13.7% of the population. If we use the same cut-off method at the Panchayat level, the sample Panchayat would have a cut-off of 13 points. That is, all households getting 13 points or less would be selected as BPL, while those obtaining 14 points or more would be left out of the list. This would imply that about 14.7% of the households in the Panchayat would be designated as BPL households. The following table provides data regarding the caste wise details of the BPL selection.
Report – Two-days workshop on Right to Food
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