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Nationwide BPL survey begins

A nationwide Socio-economic & caste census to identify people living Below Poverty Line (BPL) was flagged off on 29th June from Shankhola, a remote tribal hamlet in Tripura West district.

Secretary of Ministry of Rural Development, B K Sinha inaugurated the census by lighting a lamp.

"Those names would be deleted from the list of BPL who own a vehicle or two-wheelers, pucca houses, land phone, fishing trawler, government employees having income above Rs 10,000 or holders of Kisan Credit Cards with Rs 50,000 or giving income tax," he said.

"It is an historical census. It would provide inputs that will help taking different programmes for the people of the country," Sinha said.

Registrar of Government of India and Census Commissioner, Dr C Chandramauli said, "This programme of enumeration of poor in the country would be completed within forty days from today and only electronic devices would be used to conduct the survey."

The survey is being jointly conducted by Ministry of Rural Development (RD) and Department of Census after 14 years and the officials hoped that the data collected by this census would also help implementing Food Security Act and providing subsidies to the poor.

"This is for the first time census would include urban households and Chandigarh would be the first city where the caste census will begin on July 18," Sinha said.

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