The BJP government of Gujarat has presented these figures in response to several questions raised in the Gujarat Assembly on March 21. During this, the maximum number of 425 families have been included in the BPL list in Amreli district.
New Delhi: In the state of Gujarat, which has often publicized its development model, the number of families living below the poverty line (BPL) in Gujarat has increased by 1,359 in the last two years. Amreli district saw maximum increase (425) in the number of BPL families.
The BJP government of Gujarat has presented these figures in response to several questions raised in the Gujarat Assembly on March 21.
The government takes into account several social and economic factors to estimate the poverty line based on household income and consumption levels and sets a threshold that reflects the economic status of households. The government uses this to determine whether a family needs financial assistance from the state.
The national poverty line for the year 2011-12 (using Suresh Tendulkar Committee’s methodology) was estimated at Rs 816 per person per month for rural areas and Rs 1,000 per person per month for urban areas. Also, there is an amount of daily expenditure of Rs 27.2 in rural areas and Rs 33.3 in urban areas.
However, the poverty line varies from state to state due to differences in state and prices, according to a Live Mint report published in 2014. As per the 2011-12 data, the poverty line of Gujarat is Rs 932 per month for rural areas and Rs 1,152 for urban areas respectively.
More than 31.67 lakh families are living below poverty line (BPL) in Gujarat as on January 31 this year, according to official records presented by the state government in the Assembly in response to several questions during Question Hour on March 21.
In reply, it has been said that in 2021 and 2022, 11 families were removed from the BPL list. By January 31, 2023, the number of families living below the poverty line in Gujarat has increased by 1,359 in the last two years.
According to data shared by the state published in The Indian Express, Amreli district registered the maximum number of new BPL families during this period with 425 families. It is followed by Sabarkantha (301), Banaskantha (199), Anand (168) and Junagadh (149 families) districts.
In conversation with New Indian Express, Professor and Economist Hemant Kumar Shah said that in a state which people claim is ‘developed’ and whose development model has become an example in front of the country and the world, there are so many poor families. is ‘painful’.
The Indian Express had reported in a report published last year that the number of families living below the poverty line has increased by 2,556 in 2020-21.
The number of families living below the poverty line rose by 2,556 in 2020-21, reported the Indian Express last year.
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