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Indian official says poverty reduction a political matter


08:21, March 23, 2012

KOLKATA, India, March 22 (Xinhua) -- After being severely criticized from various quarters including majority of the political quarters for underestimating poverty in India in the new estimates released by the government, a Planning Commission member Thursday said the number of poor in the country should be decided politically.

Talking to the media during a programme of the Confederation of Indian Industry at the Grand Hotel here, Planning Commission member Arun Maira said, "The definition of who is poor is a political process and who deserves to get assistance from the government is ultimately a political decision... a political process."

"I believe that the number of poor in the country should be decided politically. So to determine what assistance should be given to the poor people is a socio-political matter... this is what democracy is all about," Maira said.

He said the commission's job was to help government take measures to reduce the number of poor people.

"The Planning Commission's job right now, as the whole system is asking for, is to help reduce the number of poor people. And that is what the Planning Commission should do," he stated.

According to the data released by the Planning Commission, the number of people under the poverty line -- whose daily consumption is below 28.65 rupees (0.56 U.S. dollar) in urban areas and 22.43 rupees (0.45 U.S. dollar) for rural areas -- declined to 29.8 percent in 2009-10.

Terming the report as an insult to the poor, opposition parties, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said Wednesday the central government was making a joke of the issue.

The BJP also alleged that "World Bank people" were sitting in the Planning Commission who were unaware of the realities of rural India.

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav also attacked the government, demanding removal of Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia for releasing "flawed" figures which "underestimate" poverty in the country.

On the relevance of Planning Commission in the country, Maira, however, said, "Times are so confusing that even the private sector would like somebody to give them a radar... we need planning in the country. Definitely today we need a planning process more than we ever needed before. Because the changes are so dynamic."

"We are reforming ourselves to become more effective and more useful for the country," he said.


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The government of American stooge manmoahn singh often complains that there isn't enough money to feed all the poor, yet will extends corporate tax concessions worth billions of rupees. It talks about having to stop food wastage in order to be able to address hunger, when it allows millions of tons of food grains to rot in warehouses or be eaten by rats. If there is a shortage of food grains, it should halt their export for use as cattlefeed in Europe. Besides, why were farmers pushed from growing grains to cash crops?The government's attitude to hunger, starvation and famine is to simply deny it.In Maharashtra, for instance, it sought to end hunger altogether "without adding a morsel to anyone's diet. It simply passed an Act that deletes the word "famine" from all legislation in the state. By defining "a problem out of existence ... a government kills its own responsibility towards citizens, mainly poor and hungry ones, in times of crisis," Sainath argues.Some years ago, it emerged that poverty stricken tribals in Rajasthan had taken to eating wild grass to fend off hunger but died since the grass was hard to digest.this man,mohan singh must be eliminated soon to save India-he is a shame on the name of India -such a fraud with no personality no leadership and no ability to speak coherently is a shame on india; besides he is a traitor for which he should be put into a cage like doen tomubarak of Egypt and then two dogs should be left inside the cage to tear him apart live.

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