Has poverty decreased ?
The Planning Commission based on the methodologies and recommendations suggested by the successive working groups on poverty has been performing the job of determining the poverty levels in India. The groups constituted by the planning commission from time to time are also revisiting the methodology deployed for this purpose. Presently the methodology prescribed by Suresh Tendulkar in his report is being used. Experts group headed by Suresh Tendulkar was constituted by the Planning Commission way back in 2005 and the group submitted its report in 2009.
The table below reflects the variation in the basic details of poverty estimates. Table 1 informs about the monthly per capita expenditure where as table 2 informs about the absolute number of poor in India including the absolute poverty decline during the period. As shown in table 1,
Table 2 also reveals similar