Bhubaneswar: While scores of poverty alleviation schemes have been underway by both the Central and State Governments over the years, it is claimed to have borne fruit in Odisha as the concerned Minister apprised it to the House today during the ongoing Budget Session of Assembly.
Replying to a question on the identification of poor in the State and the implementation of several poverty alleviation schemes as well as success achieved, Odisha Planning & Convergence Minister Padmanabha Behera said that the yardstick for identifying poverty line has been the monthly per capita expenditure capability as per the Tendulkar Committee Report of NITI Aayog (erstwhile Planning Commission).
Basing on this yardstick, the persons below poverty line (BPL) are enumerated as poor, stated the Minister.
As per the yardstick of poverty in the State in 2004-05, the per capita expenditure capability in the rural areas had been Rs 407 and in 2011 -12, it was Rs 695.
Similarly, the urban scenario was Rs 497 per capita expenditure capability in 2004-05 while in 2011 -12, it was Rs 861.
The Minister further informed the House that the 2004-05 survey revealed that there were 221.60 lakh (57.20%) BPL persons while the 2011-12 survey found out 138.53 lakh (32.59%) BPL persons.
“As per the survey, the figure of BPL persons has reduced to 24.61%,” asserted the Planning & Convergence Minister.