New Delhi: Even though the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia is giving the credit of reducing the poverty to ministers of UPA regime, in reality the non Congress states have shown a better performance in this regard.      

According to the Planning Commission data from 2004-05 to 2009-10, Maharashtra was the lone Congress led state which had achieved the required target of eradication of poverty. The state of Orissa had however displayed a better performance.

Interestingly, Delhi has been on the bottom line in alleviation of poverty. In this state Congress has been in power. Congress ruled states like Delhi, Haryana and Jammu have registered a bad performance in this aspect. NDA ruled Bihar and Chhattisgarh also fall in this category.   

However, lauding the performance of various social sector schemes being run by the UPA during the last seven years, he said, "The fact is that in UPA period, the rate of poverty decline is twice as compared to the decline in previous 11 years."

"In the period 2004-05 to 2009-10, the rate at which the poverty has declined is doubled as compared to rate in the previous 11 years," Ahluwalia said adding that this suggests that the social sector programmes of the government are working.

As per the data, the rate of poverty reduction between 2004-05 and 2009-10 was 1.5 percent every year whereas it was 0.7 percent between 1993-94 and 2004-05.

As per the estimates the poverty ratio has been pegged at 29.8 per cent in 2009-10, down from 37.2 per cent in 2004-05. These are based on the daily per capita consumption of Rs 28.65 in urban cities and Rs 22.42 in rural areas.

In a statement, CPI(M) said even the recently released Household Amenities and Assets Census of 2011 shows the extent of poverty in different spheres in India but the Planning Commission has set an "absurdly low" national poverty line of Rs. 22.40 per day for an adult in rural areas and Rs. 28.65 per day for an adult in urban areas in 2009-10.

Meanwhile, Planning Commission on Tuesday faced criticism inside and outside Parliament for its description of poor and resultant fall in people below the poverty line with Opposition parties saying it was making a "dishonest" attempt to conceal reality through "fraudulent" estimates.

(JPN/ Bureau)