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Poverty report on July 1

New Delhi, June 27 (PTI): An expert group led by C. Rangarajan to review the method for estimating poverty will submit its report on July 1. The report is expected to clear the ambiguity over the number of poor in the country.

“We will submit the report on July 1,” Rangarajan said.

The Planning Commission in May 2012 had set up the expert group to review the methodology of the Tendulkar committee to estimate poverty, following an uproar over the number of poor in the country.

On whether he will seek more time to deliberate on the Tendulkar methodology, Rangarajan replied: “I don’t intend to do so.”

The group was to submit its report within 7-9 months of its creation. But it got several extensions; the deadline was last extended to June 30.

The Planning Commission’s estimates had drawn a flak in September 2011 after it was stated in an affidavit to the Supreme Court that households with per capita consumption of more than Rs 32 a day in urban areas and Rs 26 a day in rural areas will not be treated as poor.

The then minister of state for planning Ashwani Kumar had stressed on the need to revisit the methodology.