New Delhi: The Central government is once again finding itself in a soup after Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar permitted a special debate on Wednesday over the issue of Below Poverty Line (BPL) census in the House.

The decision comes in the wake of Opposition members expressing dissatisfaction over the census figures in the Lower House.

Over the last few years, there has been huge variance in the estimation of people living below poverty line by the Tendulkar Committee, NC Saxena Committee and the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO). The figures vary from 40 to 60 percent of the Indian population.

A few days back, the Supreme Court had also questioned the parameters of counting BPL people in the country.

All such questions were raised during the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Raising doubts over the BPL census, several Opposition leaders including Sushma Swaraj alleged that one can never arrive at the correct figure if the government fixes the number of BPL families beforehand.

Replying on behalf of the Prime Minister, Minister of State for Planning Ashwini Kumar though defended the parameters of earmarking the number of BPL people in the country, he could not convince the agitated members on the issue. He conceded that the Centre has received several objections by some state governments on the issue.

(JPN/Bureau)