Jammu and Kashmir News
Though the extent of poverty (10%) in J&K state is not high relative to other states, a telescopic view shows chunks of poor population across the state. The three districts, Jammu, Kupwara and Anantnag together account for one-third of the total poor in the state.
Contrary to the claims of state government of making all round development in Jammu and Kashmir, every fifth citizen of our state falls under Below Poverty Line (BPL). Our state lags behind the national average in reducing poverty in the span of one decade. The Planning Commission has periodically estimated poverty lines and poverty ratios for each of the years for which Large Sample Surveys on Household Consumer Expenditure have been conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) of the Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
The poor are losing ground not only in income, but also in years of life, the most basic measure of well-being. In our society, the rich and the poor are kept from one another’s neighborhoods by force, intimidation, and taboo—from above and below.