ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Poverty Lines in India: Reflections after the Patna Conference

In assessing India's experience with the definition and use of poverty lines, one has to keep in mind their normative and monitoring roles. After reviewing the evolution of poverty lines in India from a historical perspective and critically discussing some issues relating to current official poverty lines, this paper assesses whether it makes sense to anchor these lines in average energy norms. It concludes with a new approach to the measurement of poverty, besides providing some suggestions for broadening its conception and commenting on some of the current poverty alleviation policies.

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