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Redefining Poverty: A New Poverty Line for a New India

Mohan Guruswamy and Ronald Joseph Abraham
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 41, No. 25 (Jun. 24-29, 2006), pp. 2534-2541
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4418375
Page Count: 8
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Redefining Poverty: A New Poverty Line for a New India
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Abstract

For decades the Planning Commission has been following a rather limited definition of poverty based on a nutritional norm. A poverty line that only takes into account calorie consumption and does not include other basic needs is unacceptable. There is clearly an imperative need to redefine this poverty line in tune with basic needs such as proper nutrition, drinking water availability, shelter, hygiene, clothing and education.

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