Babbar says sorry; Farooq says one can eat for Re 1

The comment has opened floodgates of criticism with the BJP saying the government is just trying to perpetuate poverty.

NEW DELHI: After Raj Babbar and Rasheed Masood, now union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah Friday has said that one can have full meal for Re.1.

"One can eat for Re.1, if desired. It depends on the common man how much they can afford and they have to manage in that only," Abdullah told reporters on the ongoing debate on poverty.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Raj Babbar has apologised for his comment saying he is sorry for hurting public sentiment. His statement about 'meal for Rs 12' was aimed at people Below Poverty Line.

Congress leader Rasheed Masood Thursday claimed that "one can eat well" for Rs.5 in the national capital, a day after Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar said that one can have a full meal for Rs.12 in Mumbai.


"You can eat well for Rs.5 in the Jama Masjid area of Delhi," Masood, a Rajya Sabha member from the Congress, told reporters here.

The comment has opened floodgates of criticism with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying the government is just trying to perpetuate poverty.

At a time when there has been much criticism of the official figure for poverty that puts anyone earning more than Rs 32 in urban areas and Rs 27 in rural areas as above the poverty line, statements by Congress leaders like Rasheed Masood and Raj Babbar, justifying the figure has led to a outage.

The comment has opened floodgates of criticism with the Bharatiya Janata Party saying the government is just trying to perpetuate poverty.

The Planning Commission said poverty ratio in the country had declined to 21.9 percent in 2011-12 from 37.2 percent in 2004-05 on account of increase in per capita consumption.

The commission estimated the 2011-12 national poverty line at Rs.816 per capita per month for rural areas and Rs.1,000 per capita per month for urban areas.

This would mean that the people whose daily consumption of goods and services exceed Rs.27.20 in villages and Rs.33.33 in cities are not poor.

The Planning Commission Tuesday said poverty ratio in the country had declined to 21.9 percent in 2011-12 from 37.2 percent in 2004-05 on account of increase in per capita consumption.

The commission estimated the 2011-12 national poverty line at Rs.816 per capita per month for rural areas and Rs.1,000 per capita per month for urban areas.

This would mean that the people whose daily consumption of goods and services exceed Rs.27.20 in villages and Rs.33.33 in cities are not poor.