Haryana fights a wide rich-poor divide
DESPITE HAVING the second highest per capita income in India, Haryana has about 13 lakh families living Below the Poverty Line (BPL) according to a survey by the rural development department and urban local bodies department.
The number of BPL families in Haryana has reached 12.97 lakh, including 3.02 lakh Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) families.
However, the per capita income of the state is Rs 1.09 lakh in 2012-13.
Registering a per day average of 300, about 4,38,611 new BPL families have been identified in the state in the last four years.
There are 13L BPL families but per capita income is the 2nd highest
According to Haryana food and supply minister Mahendar Partap, the number of BPL families has increased in Haryana as many eligible families had been kept out from the list due to some loopholes in the preparation of the lists in 2007.
“With the introduction of the smart card system for the PDS, all the ineligible families, if there are any, in the current list, will not be able to get the benefit”, he hoped.
Also, a senior official in the Haryana food and supply department said that after some complaints, the direction had been issued to all the deputy commissioners to prepare fresh lists of existing BPL families in their districts by deleting the names of ineligible families from the list.