PUDR blasts new suggested poverty lineSeptember 26th, 2011 - 10:20 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 26 (IANS) The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) Monday criticised the Planning Commission for suggesting that those earning over Rs.32 in urban areas and Rs.26 in rural areas must be deemed to be above the poverty line.
“A ‘living wage’, at current wage rates declared under the Minimum Wage Act, comes to Rs.247 a day for unskilled workers,” PUDR said in a statement.
“Rs.32 touted by the Planning Commission … is less than seven times the Minimum Wage which itself is a subsistence wage.
“What this implies is that mass of our people are being robbed of their right to life by artificial constructions of poverty line.”
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