NEW DELHI: The higher the number of households with a minimum Rs 10,000 in their savings account, better will be a panchayat’s prospects of being rated positively on the poverty index, the government has decided in a bid to devise measures to evaluate neediness.
The government has planned a set of parameters to assess poverty in a gram panchayat and the criteria to determine “economic development” will look at bank deposits of households. The threshold for a healthy savings bank account is set at Rs 10,000.
At the same time, the higher the number of families with “bank loans for diversified livelihood”, the better would be a village’s assessment on poverty scale.
Crucially, a panchayat’s affluence or lack of poverty will be directly dependent on “the number of women in paid/self employment” or the percentage of households with LPG connections or those getting power supply for 12 hours daily.
These are among 21 parameters the rural development ministry is learnt to have finalised to measure the status of gram panchayats under Mission Antyodaya — the newly-carved scheme to create 50,000 poverty-free panchayats.
The criteria of minimum balance in a savings bank account to measure “economic development” has seemingly changed over months of brainstorming. As reported by TOI in May, the ministry initially considered a deposit of Rs 20,000. To assess the progress made by a GP, the government’s stress appears to be on nonfarm work and employment.
Key parameters are number of households with “bank loans for diversified livelihood”, families “employed in dairy and animal resources” and those in “non-farm employment with skills, markets and bank linkage”. The health of a GP will also be decided by number of households in either wage or self employment.