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Breach of Faith

An official response from the Ministry of Rural Development to the article by Santosh Mehrotra and Harsh Mander ("How to Identify the Poor? A Proposal", EPW, 9 May 2009).

An Estimate of Poverty Reduction between 2004-05 and 2005-06

Using sample data from the 62nd round of the National Sample Survey, this paper estimates the headcount ratio of poverty for 2005-06. This estimate, based on the methodology recommended by the 1993 Planning Commission expert group, is compared with the poverty ratio for 2004-05 as derived from the 61st round of the nss. While the two estimates are strictly speaking not comparable, the numbers show a 1.4 to 1.6 percentage point decline in the headcount ratio between the two years, as against the 0.8 percentage point trend rate of decline between 1993-94 and 2004-05.

Poverty Calculation in the Sixth Plan

Poverty Calculation in the Sixth Plan S P Gupta K L Datta The estimates of people crossing the poverty line given in the Mid-term Appraisal of the Sixth Plan (MTA) have aroused an interesting debate regarding the effect of aggregate income growth in reducing poverty and ah. the effectiveness of some of the redistributive measures adopted by the Government in ultimately benefiting the poor. Many of these issues are directly related to the methodology used in estimating poverty. This paper concentrates mainly on some of the methodological issues related to estimation of poverty.
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