By By Amitabh Kundu
Author is Professor, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi. email@example.com
Several expert committees have been constituted in the past for proposing a conceptual framework and empirical procedure for determining the poverty line. Yet, an acceptable methodology remains elusive for identifying the most vulnerable and deserving segments of population for effective policy intervention.
After a year and a half of work, the 16- member panel headed by Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman has failed to come to any decision on India’s official poverty line. Instead, it has recommended setting up yet another group to do the job (Hindustan Times, September 12, 2016). The last eight years have seen three expert committees set up to define the poverty line. But each effort has been mired in controversy. The magnitude of poverty and its alleviation carries enormous...