Poverty line: Urban household with cars, laptops, PCs not poor: Expert panel
In the third and final stage, the remaining households should be assigned scores from 0 to 12 based on various indicators of residential, social and occupational vulnerabilities.
Those households with scores from 1 to 12 should be considered eligible for inclusion in the BPL list in the increasing order of the intensity of their deprivations meaning thereby that those with higher scores are more deprived, the report suggested.
The expert group recommends that the set of households qualified for automatic inclusion in the set of BPL households should be taken as hard core poor.
The expert group felt that the identification of urban poor should be a participatory exercise involving general public with an appropriate grievance redressal mechanism ensuring greater transparency and accountability in the process.
It also recommended that the state governments should be given flexibility regarding the appointment of nodal officers in establishing the grievance redressal mechanism.
The government, it added, could use SMS service, helpline numbers, emails etc to redress grievances of the people.
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