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To fix BPL, nix CPL : P. Sainath

The Hindu To get the Below Poverty Line figures in perspective, we need to closely monitor the numbers driving the Corporate Plunder Line. One Tendulkar makes the big scores. The other wrecks the averages. The Planning Commission clearly prefers Suresh to Sachin. Using Professor Tendulkar’s methodology, it declares that there’s been another massive fall in… Continue reading »

Kaun Banega Scorepati?

Jean Dreze, The Hindu, Op-Ed November 28, 2011 The Socio-Economic and Caste Census is supposed to “rank” rural households on a scale of ‘0 to 7.’ Pictured here are villagers at Maripalle, near Visakhapatnam. Photo: K.R. Deepak The National Food Security Bill makes a futile and counterproductive distinction between ‘Priority’ and ‘General’ households, even after… Continue reading »