The Union rural development department (RDD) has claimed that the figures of the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in Maharashtra are inflated by 25%.
This means that nearly 55 lakh people have been wrongly included in the BPL list. The department also claimed that nearly 11% eligible people have not found a place in the list.
National as well as state BPL figures were presented before the state RDD officials at a meeting in New Delhi. The figures, which were referred to the Sample Survey of India, indicated that 40% of the national figures of BPL families were fake and more than 25% eligible families were kept out of the list.
Out of the 5.60 crore people living in rural Maharashtra nearly 35% (45 lakh families accommodating 2.25 crore people) live below poverty line. However, the Centre ruled out the number and claimed that the BPL percentage in Maharashtra is much below the national ratio of 31.
“There are bogus names in BPL lists of almost all the states. Even the national list has a high percentage of bogus names,” said an official from state RDD.
He added: “The sample survey to ascertain BPL families was started in August this year. It’s being conducted in one village each from all the districts in the state. Utmost care is being taken to eliminate the mistakes committed in previous survey.”
The BPL list is ascertained every five years. The last survey was done in 2002 and implemented in 2006. There are nearly 29 schemes by the state and central governments that are meant for the BPL families.
The official said that based on the sample survey conducted across the state, the central RDD will finalise the methodology of the survey, which is expected to start early next year.