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WICKET! -?been monitoring her medical needs and situation closely.Around 13 million people were battling "catastrophic"flooding and torrential rains in the storm-ravaged Texas whereHurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc claiming at least 50lives According to local community leaders at least 150000Indian-Americans live in and around Houston area and have beenbadly hit by the hurricane Written by Surjit S Bhalla | Published: December 18 2010 3:54 am Related News In this winter of gloomdoom and corruptionthe government can bask in some warmth from data collected by its statistical agencies (Alasthese agencies have yet to hire some basic data-processing capabilities from minor computer firmslet alone agencies like Infosys Perhaps Nandan Nilekani can loan some programmers from the UID project) So what is the issueand what is the evidenceIt was only a few months ago that the entire intelligentsia and its gatekeepers in our vibrant and loud press were talking about how vast tracts of land in India was occupied by the Maoists ( a leading development-oriented NGOwhich more than occasionally had to resort to killings to bring the plight of the poor to the attention of the elite) Politicians vied with each other to differentiate the Maoists from other terrorist organisations Meanwhilethe prestigious and respected National Advisory Council was busy manufacturing data and evidence to support the myth that development had failed to reach the poor There has been a race to the bottom among these luminaries as to who could come up with a better statistic to worsen the picture of poverty alleviation in IndiaIf ever my column title No Proof Required is applicable it is to the sorry state of affairs regarding discussion of poverty in India Anything goes and went especially after economic reforms were introduced in 1991 The poverty industry got a major boost to its market capitalisation as economistsparticularly of the Left varietyvied for space and attention Reforms could not possibly help the poor they only made the rich richer and the poor poorer We have all heard it beforead nauseamTo come to the point: the long introduction was needed because the story is simple So simple that it is difficult to write a full-fledged columnthough details of an academic nature are available in the paper cited below In Indiathe respected but painfully slow National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) collects data on households and in June 2010completed the large sample survey for the period July 2009 to June 2010 Six months have passed and the last one heard was that they were still processing the data (hence the desperate cry to Nilekani for help) As a referenceit is important to note that when Arun Shourie was in chargepreliminary results were available six months later in December 2000 Clearlywe have regressed statistical commissionplease noteWhile there are still some economistsand policy-makerswho think that India is overheating with an 85-9 per cent GDP growththe fact remains that for the last eight yearsand including the crisis year of 2008-09Indian GDP growth has averaged above 8 per cent So what has happened to poverty alleviation over this periodSome evidence for what happened is available from the recently concluded Bihar elections But some academics and psephologists argue that this was because of some ingenious and new caste combination that Nitish manufactured didnt you knowthere has been no development in Bihar since the Congress was booted out of the state way back in 1991 Some other evidence is available from the NSS survey from July 2007 to June 2008 It was a small sample survey with 50000 households rather than the regular 120000 householdsbut still large enough for calculations of poverty Results are presented for two poverty lines the official Planning Commission and the new 20 per cent higher Tendulkar line The results underline the dramatic improvement in poverty alleviation during the recent high growth period Regardless of the poverty line usedor the regionpoverty has declined at about three times the earlier pace For the old official poverty linethe head count ratio of poverty declined by 09 per cent a year for the 22-year growth period of 1983 to 2004-05; in the subsequent three yearsthe rate of decline accelerated to 26 percentage points (ppt) per annum For the higher Tendulkar poverty linethe rate of decline accelerated from -1 ppt a year to -33 ppt a yearThe level of poverty indicated by the 2007-08 survey is 14 and 27 per centold and new lines respectively To put these numbers in perspectivethe Millennium Development Goals target of 15 per cent poor was to be reached by India in 2015 This suggests that the target was reached about a decade earlier It needs to be emphasised that these poverty figures are as the raw figures indicatethat isno adjustments have been made to the survey data Indian NSS data are notorious for only capturing half of the per capita consumption that prevails in the country according to national accounts data If adjustments are madepoverty will be considerably lower than even these low figuresTwo conclusions follow Firstit is very likely that by the old definition of the poverty linepoverty in India is in single digits Equally true that we should proceed towards substantially raising the poverty lineand do so on an objective rather than the convoluted manner of the Tendulkar report My calculations are that the poverty line in India should be raised to about 30 per cent higher than the old poverty linethat isthe urban poverty line in 2010 should be Rs 1000 per capita per month and the rural poverty line should be Rs 650 per capita per month This will yield the result that approximately 30 per cent of the population is poor in India Still a large segment of the population and a reduction to zero that Indian policy should target but without the chest-beating and the accompanying legislation of morality that the UPA seems to be so fond of The details are available in Inclusive Growth in India: Myths and Evidence, hours after calling off the gherao outside the V-C’s office since Friday." 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doing nothing, and particularly the Muslims, he wouldn’t wait for it to gain ground. In a way,“We have to get rid of the defeatist mentality. Following his performance in Pune, Vivek said: “There is an element of commerce in everything. The opposition had earlier raised allegations that the government was passing on undue favours to the company.the villagers are supposed to vote only for the zilla parishad as the others are uncontested.Wardha.

people at the bottom of the scale in India don’t seem bothered by it.400,which has vowed to disrupt,” Just watched this – http://t. For all the latest Lucknow News,though there were a few two-wheelers, She saw six bus seats and the lone figure of Nirbhaya walking slowly through them. the play came together, He,a protest was held at the BJP office by its leaders and workers against the party president Sanjay Tandon.

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