//6.68 million families are under Below Poverty Line in Kerala

6.68 million families are under Below Poverty Line in Kerala

Fresh survey to identify BPL families in Kerala soon

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Thiruvananthapuram – The Kerala government Monday said it would soon conduct a fresh survey to identify the families who will be categorised as below poverty line (BPL).

‘As of now we have received several complaints in the present classification, hence we will soon conduct a new survey,’ State Food and Civil Supplies Minister C. Divakaran informed the assembly.

According to figures from the state planning board, there are 6.68 million ration cardholders in the state and of these 1.56 million fall in the BPL category.

Kerala’s public distribution system dates back to 1965 and it was in June 1997 that the state switched to the national pattern of targeted public distribution system and classification of APL (above poverty line) and BPL was done.

The minister also said that during the Onam season in September, all ration cardholders would be given a free kit of food items.