"There has been a considerable amount of debate on how to measure poverty.
To review and take a fresh look at the methodology for measurements of
poverty, the Government of India appointed an Expert Group (Rangarajan
Committee) in June 2012. This book contains the Report of the Expert Group
and four other articles which were written subsequently to explain some of
the issues that were raised after the publication of the Report.
One should choose that poverty line which reflects a carefully calculated
minimum level of food and non food requirements. Rangarajan Committee
computed a fresh basket in the light of the most recently available minimum
requirements of food. It did not simply update an earlier basket using
price indices. Also for the first time, minimum non-food requirements for
certain categories were included in determining the basket. The four papers
of the book discusses various issues on poverty measurement including
comparision of Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) data, estimates of
poverty using different cut-off points and the impact of public expenditure
on health and education on poverty."
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