Rs 32 BPL cap removed; Montek, Jairam clarify doubts

Jairam Ramesh
New Delhi, Oct 3: Government on Monday, Oct 3 finally decided to remove the controversial Rs 32 Below Poverty Line (BPL) cap following the tremendous criticism from all over the nation.

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh met on Monday and reportedly worked on the differences.

After their meeting, Jairam Ramesh, during a press conference, said, "We are clearly, categorically, and unequivocally saying that there is no link between the state wise poverty estimates and the selection of beneficiaries. A new expert committee will be set up so that no poor and deprived household is excluded."

"No caps will be externally imposed. The Planning Commission and the Rural Development Ministry will work out a new method so that no poor household is excluded," reiterated the rural and development minister.

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