Madhepura: Amidst the controversy surrounding the new Planning Commission classification of Below Poverty Line (BPL) in the country, the Janata Dal- United has demanded the Central government to form a special commission to earmark the ‘poor’.

Speaking to Jagran, JD (U) president Saharad Yadav said, “Planning commission has decided BPL on the basis of daily wages earned by the poor. Only those earning Rs 32 per day in cities and Rs 26 in villages come under the poverty line. The parameters are not relevant at a time when commodities prices are going through the roof.”

Yadav highlighted the difference in number of BPL families between the figures provided by the Central government and state governments.
“The state governments have kept more people in the BPL category than the Centre. Therefore we need to have a set of practical parameters to earmark poor. The government should constitute a Commission that could earmark poor and amend the list with time,” he said.