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Poverty Underestimation in Rural India- A Critique

Sivakumar, Marimuthu and Sarvalingam, A (2010): Poverty Underestimation in Rural India- A Critique.

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Abstract

When ever the Planning Commission of India releases the poverty data, that data is being criticised by experts and economists. The main criticism is underestimation of poverty especially in rural India by the Planning Commission. This paper focuses on that criticism and compares the Indian Planning Commission’s 2004-05 rural poverty data with the India’s 2400 kcal poverty norms, World Bank’s US $1.08 poverty concept and Asian Development Bank’s US $1.35 poverty concept.

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