Lucknow: In her yet another letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati expressed concern over the BPL limit set by the Planning Commission of India.

In her seventh letter to the PM, Mayawati stated that fixing poverty line has always been a challenging and arduous process and false picture should not be presented.

It is impossible for poor in cities and villages to survive on Rs 32 and Rs 26 per day respectively and the limit should be extended, stated Mayawati.

"It seems that norm of 2,100 calories per person per day in urban area and 2,499 calories per day per person in rural areas has been reduced considerably, though new assessment like health, education and footwear have been included in the Tendulkar Committee report," Mayawati said.

A large section of poor people will be affected if expenditure on food products is shielded.

“This move will affect the economically weaker sections and will be aloof from state-run programmes which aim to improve their social and economic conditions,” she stated.

Referring to Mahamaya Garib Arthik Madad Yojana, Mayawati said despite the paucity of funds, the UP government is providing Rs 400 per month to 25 lakh poor who are currently not covered in the BPL list.

JPN/Bureau