Bhubaneswar: The number of Below Poverty Line (BPL) population in the State has reduced by 24.61 per cent, informed Planning and Coordination Minister Padmanabh Behera in the State Assembly on Thursday. In response to a question of BJP member Mohan Charan Majhi, the Minister said monthly expenditure is taken as a standard for calculation of BPL. Accordingly, it was assessed that there were 221.60 lakh (57.20 per cent of total population) were under the Below Poverty Line as per a survey conducted in 2004-05.
Later a survey was conducted in 2011-12 when the number of people under the BPL came down to 138.53 lakhs i.e 32.59 per cent of the total population. The Minister further informed that the State Government is implementing as many as 11 poverty alleviation schemes now. They are Madhu Babh Pension Yojana, Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana (BPGY), Nirman Pucca Ghar Yojana, Biju Gram Yoti Yojana, Biju Saharanchal Vidyutkaran Yojana, State Food Security Scheme (SFSS), AAHAR, AWAS, Jaga Mission and SAHAYA.