New Delhi: Congress leader Rasheed Masood
on Thursday claimed that "one can eat well" for Rs.5 in the national
capital, a day after Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar said that one can
have a full meal for Rs.12 in Mumbai.
"You can eat well for Rs.5
in the Jama Masjid area of Delhi," Masood, a Rajya Sabha member from the
Congress, told reporters here.
The comment has opened floodgates
"The government is just trying to perpetuate
poverty," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Prakash Javadekar
"They are very happy to have a Rs.34 poverty line. While
rolling down the benchmark, they are trying to roll people out of BPL
(Below Poverty Line) category, depriving them of welfare benefits. This is
an anti-poor statement," Javadekar said.
Senior BJP leader
Meenakshi Lekhi said: "These are tactics of diverting attention from other
issues. They are trying to reduce the number of poor."
Wednesday said that one could have a meal in Mumbai for Rs.12.
today in Mumbai city, I can have a full meal at Rs.12. No no, not vada
paav (snack). So much of rice, daal-saambhar and with that some vegetables
are also mixed," Babbar said.
Communist Party of India (CPI)
leader Atul Anjan took a jibe at Babbar, saying he was reciting scripted
"Raj Babbar is in a habit of reciting scripted
dialogues. This script was written by Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh," he
The Planning Commission Tuesday said poverty ratio in the
country had declined to 21.9 percent in 2011-12 from 37.2 percent in
2004-05 on account of increase in per capita consumption.
the Tendulkar methodology, the commission estimated the national poverty
line for rural areas at Rs.816 per capita per month and for urban areas at
Rs.1,000 per capita per month for 2011-12.
This would mean that
the people whose daily consumption of goods and services exceed Rs.33.33
in cities and Rs.27.20 in villages are not poor.