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ITS’ SHOCKING BUT TRUE – 60 LAKHS PEOPLE LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE IN MUMBAI

In a shocking revelation, a survey shows that there are around 12.2 lakh families in Mumbai who have claimed to be Below Poverty Line families. Around 60 lakh have claimed that their monthly expenditure is less than Rs 591.75. Worse, they’ve said they do not own a telephone or fridge and that they find it difficult to access basic services such as toilets, schools and shelter. The survey, carried out by the state’s Urban Development department in 225 towns and 18 big cities, has revealed that BPL families have reduced by 9.03 per cent statewide, but in smaller towns, the number of BPL families has risen by 12.52 per cent in the last decade. The door-to-door survey here was conducted by the civic body over the last year, and comprised 16.7 lakh families living in slum areas, adivasi padas, slum rehabilitation buildings, gaothan areas and on footpaths. The survey has revealed that the suburban heart of Andheri has the maximum BPL families, at 1.8 lakh families and second in line is the eastern suburb of Bhandup, with around 1 lakh families. However, experts rubbished this data regarding the urban poor in Mumbai stating that the number of BPL cannot be more than 20 lakh people as there is an economic boom with reconstruction activities and it offers enough scope for even the unorganized sector to make two ends meet. While there is two way opinion about the survey, if it indeed was true then the Mumbai’s growth is not inclusive with the lottery dreams clicking for only a few.

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