"Can have full meal for Rs. 12 in Mumbai"

New Delhi, July 25 : Congress leader and yesteryear actor Raj Babbar has triggered a controversy by saying that people can have full meal at Rs 12 in Mumbai even today.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, Babbar said: "Even today in Mumbai city, I can have a full meal at Rs 12."

He said people can have rice, dal, daal saambhar with mixed vegetables in the Rs. 12 meal.

He made the remark a day after the Planning Commission on Tuesday said that number of people living below the poverty line has declined in both urban and rural areas of the country.

The Planning Commission on Tuesday said India's poverty ratio has declined to 21.9 percent in 2011-12 from 37.2 percent in 2004-2005.

"The percentage of persons below the Poverty Line in 2011-12 has been estimated as 25.7pc in rural areas, 13.7pc in urban areas and 21.9pc for the country as a whole," the Planning Commission said.

"The respective ratios for the rural and urban areas were 41.8pc and 25.7pc and 37.2pc for the country as a whole in 2004-05. It was 50.1pc in rural areas, 31.8pc in urban areas and 45.3pc for the country as a whole in 1993-94.

"In 2011-12, India had 270 million persons below the Tendulkar Poverty Line as compared to 407 million in 2004-05, that is a reduction of 137 million persons over the seven year period," the Planning Commission said.

"The decline in poverty flows from the increase in real per capita consumption," it said.

--IBNS (Posted on 25-07-2013)

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