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Large scale misjudgement & nepotism has happened under this head with poorest families being categorized as having no debts and being resource rich, while richer families have been shown as being dependent on informal credit for daily needs.


The question on migration can be applicable to only such families, as have members able to migrate. This discriminates especially against women headed households and households with old people alone or with young children.


This question too has been the source of serious misjudgement & nepotism.  Influential people knowing that asking for TPDS and wage employment would give them lower scores, have asked for the same. On the other hand poor people have often been persuaded to ask for housing so that they get higher scores. In fact, seen in conjunction with the question on housing (Q2) this is a self-defeating question. A family having a Pucca house and asking for TPDS and Wage Employment would get 3 points on the two questions together. On the other hand a family having a Kutcha house and asking for housing support would get 4 points on the two questions put together.

Below Poverty Line Criteria of the Court – Anup Kumar Srivastava

A poor system of identification has resulted in much confusion in the BPL (Below Poverty Line) card regime across the country. Many poor people have been left out. To add to the confusion, this time there is a sharp reduction of number of people who will be eligible for receiving BPL cards. The reduction is particularly sharp in Rajasthan where the number is being reduced almost to half from the previous round (in 1997). An

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

17 – 18 September 2005, Nagpur.

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