New Delhi: Planning commission is going to establish an expert group to review the parameters for deciding poverty line in next three months. The decision came at such a time when voices are being raised to sack Montek Singh Ahluwalia from the post of Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission for pegging poverty line at Rs 28.65 per capita daily consumption in cities.

Union Minister of State for Planning and Implementation Ashwini Kumar has informed about the decision. He said that to review the process of calculating poverty line, it has been decided to establish a technical group.  This group will suggest a system to calculate poverty on realistic measures.

He said that the group will be having benefits of socio-economic data of 2011 and the economic census. Kumar has said decision on forming the group was taken in December 2011 by the government.

According to Commission’s estimation, poverty ratio was at 29.8 percent in 2009-10 as compared to 37.2 percent in 2004-05. This estimation is done on the basis of Rs 28.65 per capita daily consumption in cities and Rs 22.42 per capita daily consumption in villages.

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh has expressed agitation in the Lok Sabha on recent statistics of poverty line and demanded to sack Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission. Along with JD (U) and BJP other political parties have also demanded to sack the Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission.