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The All Meghalaya Minority Students’ Union (AMMSU) has sought the re-survey of BPL families with a focus on the plain belt of West Garo Hills, after many families were left out of its ambit during the last survey in 2002.
In a letter submitted on November 18, to the Deputy Commissioner, the NGO felt that with the areas in the plain belt being prone to floods, the people’s lives were being affected and their only reliable income source was through daily wages.
“Their inclusion would be of immense help to many, as it will provide them with more options for a better life. The present criteria are based on the survey done in 2002 and are not inclusive. A new survey is a must to include those that have been left out,” said AMMSU president, Nur Islam.
To be classified as below poverty line (BPL), the Government of India has set up parameters of which at least four of the conditions need to be fulfilled.
The criteria set forth are no land or less than 5%, no house or dilapidated house, no sanitary latrine, family with illiterate members, no regular employed person in the family, no access to safe drinking water, woman-headed household or widowed or divorcee and mentally retarded or disabled members in family.
For one to be declared BPL, at least four of the eight categories need to be fulfilled.
(Edited by Gabriel G Momin)