Mar 29, 2011

Poverty Reduction? Easy, Just Lower the Benchmark!

WOW! Only 108 left?

By Jayanath Appudurai

ACCORDING to the Government Transformation Programme [GTP] Annual Report released on 27 March 2011, there are only “108 extreme poor households” left. The GTP within a span of 12 months transformed the lives of 44,535 extreme poor households. {See Chart}

To say the least, this is a stupendous achievement! An intractable problem that the nation has been grappling with for more than 40 years has ostensibly been solved in 1 year!
Should not the Government be lauded for this?

Guess, it all depends on how ‘extreme poor’ is defined?

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