In 2004-05, Assam has 34.4% of its people living below Poverty Line, less than the national Average 37.2% in whole of India. By 2009-10, the state increased its numbers of poor population to 37.9%, while India, as a whole, decreased its national average to 29.8% poor population.
By- Staff Reporter | Date- March 20, 2012
About Six months back, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had claimed that Assam is doing better than Narendra Modi’s Gujarat (read here) , citing examples of Growth Rate in its economy. The Congress led Government in Assam has been constantly claiming about great improvements made in the state, of how better the lifestyle of the people has become and how Assam is progressing economically.
As if to slap hard on the face of Gogoi’s Government and his remarks, the latest report of the Planning Commission of India only shows a completely opposite picture. It shows statistically how poverty has immensely increased in the State in comparison to other parts of the country.
As per the report, the percentage of people living below the poverty line in Assam has gone up to 37.9 per cent in 2009-10 compared with 34.4 per cent in 2004-05. There were over 1.16 crore people below the poverty line in the State in 2009-10, up from 97 lakh in 2004-05. While the rate of poverty stood at 39.9 per cent in rural areas of the State, that in urban areas was 26.1 per cent.
Poverty in the whole of the country has, on the other hand declined 7.3 percentage points to 29.8 per cent of the population over five years to 2009-10 from 37.2 per cent in 2004-05.
The state specific poverty line was calculated on the basis of a monthly per capita income of Rs 691.7 in rural areas and Rs 871 in urban areas of Assam, which has a poverty ratio far higher than the national average, it said.
Tarun Gogoi led Congress Government still would to claim that they are the savior and developers of Assam!