Planning Commission to change Rs 32 BPL limit?

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Montek Singh Ahluwalia
New Delhi, Oct 3: Planning Commission Dy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia will meet Jairam Ramesh, Rural Development Minister on Monday, Oct 3 on the Below Poverty Line (BPL) cap.

The matter will come up for hearing in the court on Oct 11 after the controversy laden affidavit endorsed by Prime Minsiter, Manmohan Singh was filed in the Supreme Court.

Reports suggest that AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi too was reportedly unhappy with the figures.

"We understand that these figures could undergo a change. This affidavit is not the final affidavit," said Ambika Soni, Information and Broadcasting Minister.

Jairam Ramesh will meet Ahluwalia to talk over the issue of removing caps on social security measure.

"There are different issues. I will discuss this with all the members, and then take a view," said Montek Singh Ahluwalia on being asked if the planning commission would file a new affidavit.

"Well, if you are always going to say that growth is primary and the poor should disappear from sight and if they are there, they should take the crumbs, then one day it will rebound like the India shining campaign . It's a warning, it is not a statement," said Aruna Roy, social activist, who had slammed Ahluwalia in an open letter earlier.

According to the Planning Commission, those spending more than Rs 26 in rural areas and more than Rs 32 in urban areas would not fall under the below poverty line (BPL).

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