A proposal to identify the rural poor that suggests including classes like destitutes, manual scavengers and primitive tribal groups while excluding those who own landlines, refrigerators, two-wheelers and farmers with a Rs 50,000 kisan credit limit, goes to the Cabinet tomorrow.
The plan by the Ministry of Rural Development assumes significance as it will also help identify beneficiaries of the Food Security Act that’s on the UPA’s anvil.
In parallel, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation will move another proposal seeking approval for a pilot project in cities and towns to identify the urban poor. Based on an interim report submitted by the S R Hashim committee that was set up for the task, its proposal has suggested parameters based on residential vulnerability (those without houses), occupational vulnerability (casual workers or those with low and uncertain wages) and social vulnerability (female- headed or minor-headed households) to identify the poor. Read More