ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Poverty in the Mid-Term Appraisal

Poverty in the Mid-Term Appraisal K Sundaram Suresh D Tendulkar Progressive reduction in the incidence of poverty is one of the major objectives of the Sixth Five-Year Plan. In his foreword to the Mid-Term Appraisal of the Plan, which was placed before the Parliament in August, the Minister of Planning claims: "A close and detailed evaluation has been made of the performance so far and the prospects for the remaining years of the Plan!' This paper argues that this claim is not at all valid with reference to the poverty reduction objective. On the contrary, the assessment in this connection for the first two years of the Plan is extremely brief and unclear and is marked by utter casualness to the point of being misleading. And there is absolutely no discussion of the prospects for the remaining years of the Plan. Parliament and the nation, it appears, have been taken for a ride.

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