Bidowali (Punjab): The Planning Commission’s definition of poverty that anyone with a daily consumption expenditure of Rs 28.35 and Rs 22.42 in urban and rural areas respectively is above the poverty line has irked Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

The Chief Minister on Saturday said the plan panel is unaware of the ground reality and dared it to show how its members can manage their daily expenses with a "paltry" Rs 28 a day.

Speaking on the third day of his thanksgiving tour in the Lambi assembly segment, Badal said by claiming that anyone with a daily consumption expenditure of Rs 28.35 and Rs 22.42 in urban and rural areas respectively is above the poverty line, the Commission has made mockery of the poor people.

He said it was unfortunate that the Commission has said that people earning more than minuscule figure of Rs 28 in rural areas were rich in the country.

It has once again proved that the Congress-led UPA Government which claims to be the sympathiser of the common man is totally insensitive to his problems, he said.

"The members of the Commission owe an explanation to the countrymen that whether they can manage their own daily expenses at Rs 28," he said.

Badal claimed that such "baseless polices" are framed by these people sitting in their air conditioned offices without examining the ground reality, which further add to the woes of the poor people.

He said owing to uncontrollable inflation witnessed in under the UPA Government it has become difficult for anybody to manage their household and at a time like this claims of the plan panel only rub salt into the wounds of the poor.

"The people who fix such caps are hardly aware of the spiraling rates of the basic commodities due to which they make such cruel jokes with the countrymen," Badal said.

Interacting with reporters later, the CM said that the state government was fully committed for the development of the cities across the state, adding that all the cities of the state would get a major facelift as they would get basic civic amenities like water, sewerage, street lights and roads by the year 2015.

(JPN/Agencies)