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The households shown in bold letters are those who are likely to lose BPL status due to error in Government survey.  The households who are likely to get and advantage in getting BPL status over households that are poorer than them are shown in bold italics.

Errors in the Questionnaire Design brought out during the BPL Survey 2002

1.

Under the first point on Land, land ownership information should depict actual ownership. This has not been the case. There have been the following errors:

a.

In case of poor and less influential households staying and farming separately, but with land papers being in the name of a common ancestor, the total land figure has been used for each of the brothers. This has not been done for the influential families.

b.

Even when poor families have mortgaged their land for loans from moneylenders, the land is shown against their name and increases their points, thus, reducing their chances of getting selected as BPL.

c.

Poor people have poor quality land, but the quality of land has not been considered in the survey.

2.

Under the heading of house, poorest people who have obtained support under Indira Awaas Yojana have been given higher points which reduces their chances of getting BPL status.

Report: Two-day state level workshop on ‘Right to Food’

17 – 18 September 2005, Nagpur.

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