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Strategy for Removal of Poverty-Lopsidedness of Fifth Plan Approach

Lopsidedness of Fifth Plan Approach FOR the first time in the history of Indian planning, one finds in the Approach to the Fifth Plan the concrete objective of providing minimum consumption for the bottom 30 per cent of the population. The monthly per capita consumption of the lowest 30 per cent of the population, at 1971-72 prices, was estimated for 1973-74 to be Rs 22.90 in the rural areas and Rs 25.17 in the urban areas. By 1978-79, the monthly per capita consumption of this lowest 30 per cent of the population is to rise to Rs 36,64 in the rural areas and to Rs 39.60 in the urban areas. Thus the increase, over the Fifth Plan period from the initial 1973-74 level, works out to 60 per cent for the rural poor and 50 per cent for the urban poor.

Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment-Some Conceptual Issues in Measurement

Some Conceptual Issues in Measurement Poverty, Unemployment and the Income Criteria POVERTY as a concept is closely related to inequality. Given the; average income level, a higher level of inequality (reflected by the usual measures) will tend to be associated with a higher level of poverty. Furthermore, the so-called "poverty line" may sometimes be drawn in the light of the socially accepted "minimal" standard of living, and the latter can be influenced by the average income level, so that poverty measures, thus defined, may catch an aspect of relative inequality as well.
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