Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) said, "This is nothing but making a joke of poor people. Whatever figures that has been given and the way it has been calculated, our party does not support it.”

Condemning the report, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said, “Rangarajan should be given Rs 100 daily and asked to survive.”
Echoing similar views, TMC leader Saugata Roy said, “The report is not sacred and such reports keep coming in.”

CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar and Congress leader Rajeev Shukla also shared similar opinion about the Rangarajan panel report, saying the numbers are mere mockery of the plight of the poor people.

Defending the report, BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “The Centre will work in checking the menace of poverty unlike the previous government.”

As per the report submitted by PMEAC Chairman C Rangarajan to Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh, persons spending below Rs 47 a day in cities would be considered poor, which is above the Rs 33-per-day mark suggested by Suresh Tendulkar Committee.

Rangarajan Committee was set up last year to review the Tendulkar Committee methodology for estimating poverty and clear the ambiguity over the number of poor in the country.

As per Rangarajan panel estimates, poverty stood at 38.2 percent in 2009-10 and slipped to 29.5 percent in 2011-12.


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