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Planning Commission remained in news this year for wrong reasons like fixing poverty line at Rs 28.65 per capita daily in urban areas, spending Rs 35 lakh on refurbishing toilets and slashing average economic growth rate for the 12th Plan to 8 per cent.

It all began in March with the Planning Commission coming out with poverty numbers based on the Tendulkar Committee methodology which raised many eyebrows and drew flak from all corners.

This S R Hashim Committee report on urban poor submitted to UPA government in December 2012 set the criteria for identifying the poor living in urban areas for various government schemes.

This study re-examines the effects of remittances on the growth of GDP per capita using annual panel data for 24 Asia/Pacific countries. The results generally confirm that remittance flows have been beneficial to economic growth.

The FAO has released a report titled "Assessing poverty reduction potential through investments in agricultural water management: a methodology for country level analysis." The report presents a methodology to analyze the opportunities, constraints and potential of small-scale Agricultural Water Management (AWM) interventions at pilot research

Amid the controversy over cap on subsidised LPG cylinders, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the government recognises that some subsidy has to be given for rural poor for cooking gas and el

New Delhi Amid the controversy over cap on subsidised LPG cylinders, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the government recognises that some subsidy has to be given for rural poor for cooking gas and electricity as part of its endeavour to give access to energy to all.

He talked about target subsidy ‘‘as best as possible’’ while stating that the government was planning to transfer subsidy amount directly to bank accounts of bonafide beneficiaries.

India’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is the largest public works employment project in the world. Its most direct poverty reduction pathway is through boosting employment and income for the poor.

A close look at the data on poverty levels and trends in Pakistan for the last five decades leads to two broad conclusions. First, poverty reduction has not been sustainable rather it has fluctuated remarkably.

Going through the data and analysis by Buddhadeb Ghosh the information about 6% of the stated unwilling land­owners holding 36% of the land points ­towards a clear class contradiction. What also contributed to this perception is that during the movement and even in the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, the neglected issue is the question of the fate of landless agricultural labourers, lessee cultivators, i e, the rural poor, who by sheer numbers qualify to be the most adversely affected section in the scenario.

Termed first of its kind in the country, it will make available Rs.50,000 in three instalments to the poor

Rajasthan has launched a special housing scheme for rehabilitation of both urban and rural poor affected by natural and manmade calamities. Termed first of its kind in the country the special housing scheme, named Rajasthan Vishesh Awas Yojna, comes in the wake of Congress president Sonia Gandhi suggesting permanent measures to rehabilitate the victims of recent spell of excess rains in Rajasthan during her visit the previous day.

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