Varanasi: Advocating for a change in the parameters of poverty, senior IAS officer and the Secretary of the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister, Dr KP Krishnan, said that it is a good sign that poverty in India has neither increased nor decreased.

Backing his statement, Krishnan referred to the NRHM and MNREGA schemes and said that the projects have given fruitful results in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat and other states but lamented over the non performance of these schemes where they are most needed.

Speaking to Dainik Jagran Krishnan said, “Unless there is coordination between planning and implementation of projects, poverty cannot be eradicated. And for this, we need to change the parameters.”

He said, “MNREGA which aims at generating employment opportunities for the poor has failed to yield results in many states.”

Replying to a question, Krishnan said that in order to avail the benefits given by the Centre, everyone is trying to project himself as poor. With no action on the part of the state governments in this regard their numbers are always inflated due to which the benefits of these schemes are unable to reach the needy.

He however said, “The PDS system is being strengthened in order to give benefits to the poor directly. The Food Security Bill also aims at providing at least 35 kg of foodgrains to every poor.”

Expressing satisfaction on the overall growth of the country, he said, “The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at present stands at 6.9 percent but there is a constant decline in it therefore we hope that in the coming fiscal year the GDP will remain at 6.5 percent.”

When asked about the tax structure to be discussed in the coming budget session he said, “We are continuously working in this regard. We are trying to make the tax structure in such a manner that it would limit the scope of blackmoney.”

(JPN/ Bureau)