Quick study on poverty assessment
There is a raging controversy in India about how to measure poverty. Planning commission defined cut off consumption level has been questioned by the highest Judiciary as well as by well known social activists as too low and exclusive of many poor households.
In these pages we present some evidences on the extent of poverty in an Indian backward village. The methodology followed was household survey, covering 50 households out of a total of 80 households in the village of Sankar bherry.This village is at a distance of 5 K.M., South of Raidighi, gateway to the Sunderban Islands in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.
The study was conducted during 10-28 October 2011
Major findings are summarised in the following links: