New Delhi: The dispute between the Centre and state government over census to identify people Below Poverty Line (BPL) seems to have no end. In a fresh attempt, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has suggested certain formulas to Union Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh for conducting a BPL survey. However, the Ministry has shown least seriousness over the issue.

For the Socio-economic census 2011, Nitish Kumar has suggested audio, video recordings during surveys. In his letter to Jairam Ramesh, the Bihar CM has asked to appoint separate commissions for this purpose in order to maintain transparency during the collection of datas.

In his argument, Nitish has claimed that nearly all the Centre and state government schemes run on these surveys. Therefore, any error in the data will have direct repercussion on the downtrodden for whom such beneficial schemes are started.

He also presented the survey conducted by the state government. Conducting the survey on the suggested formula in single district of the state, Jahanabad, Bihar would require additional monetary assistance of Rs 91 crores to help the BPL.

According to one of the senior officials in rural development ministry, the proposal given by Bihar government is not justifying. It will add on extra burden on the budget.
JPN/Bureau