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and Rs 27.20 per day in rural areas could not be considered as poor.
Earlier in 2012 also, the Commission had said that people with a daily consumption expenditure of Rs 28.35 in cities and Rs 22.42 in villages were above the poverty line.
Among others, the Planning Commission also drew attention from various quarters for turning the Yojana Bhawan virtually into a fortress and making it inaccessible during visits of high profile people like Bill Gates, state Chief Ministers -- Narendra Modi, Mamata Banerjee and J Jayalalithaa citing security reasons.
In few of the unexpected events, the Commission witnessed protests by a student union from West Bengal that led to manhandling of state Finance Minister Amit Mitra.
Mitra was manhandled in a gherao by Students' Federation of India (SFI) activists outside Yojana Bhawan, protesting the death of one of their colleagues in Kolkata.
A scuffle between mediapersons and personal security guards of Bill Gates was a forgettable incident during the year.