As compared to the last BPL census, the proportion of SC families to total BPL families would come down. The proportion of SC Households among the total BPL households was 19% in the 1997 census. In the 2002 census, it is likely to be 6% at a cut-off level of 13 points and 7% at a cut-off level of 14 points.
In terms of absolute figures, the number of OBC BPL households was 174 in the 1997 census. This figure would decrease by 20 (11%) if the cut-off level is set at 13. The figure would increase by 27 (16%) if the cut-off level is set at 14.
In terms of absolute figures, the number of SC BPL households was 44 in the 1997 census. This figure would decrease by 33 (75%) if the cut-off level is set at 13. The figure would decrease by 28 (64%) if the cut-off level is set at 14.
In the sample Panchayat, thus, the current survey is likely to favour OBC households at the cost of SC households. This in spite of the common knowledge – as well as the belief of the villagers – the proportion of the poor is far greater among the SC communities than the OBC communities.
Apart from the households covered under the survey report, there are some households that have been left out from the survey report. In the sample Panchayat all such households as have been left out from the BPL Survey Report of the Government, belong to the Scheduled Caste Communities. The following is a list of left out Families from the village ‘Devanioyn ki Dhani’ of the sample Panchayat. All these families belong to the SC community.
Channaram s/o Hemaram
Bhagwanaram s/o Naggarama
Rekharam s/o Bhagwanaram
Bhuraram s/o Nimbaram
Report – Two-days workshop on Right to Food
17 and 18 September 2005, Nagpur