The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Statistics and Programme Implementation Shri Srikant Kumar Jena has said that NSSO does not conduct any survey on Income of Households/families. However, it does conduct Household Consumer Expenditure Surveys periodically.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today he said, as per provisional results of Household Consumer Expenditure Survey conducted by NSSO in 20011-12, average Monthly Per Capita Expenditure of bottom 10% of rural population in rural areas is Rs. 503.49 only.
He said, Government has introduced good number of schemes both in rural and urban areas of the county aimed at poverty alleviation by way of employment and income generation in recent years. These schemes mainly target poor households both in rural and urban areas.
Shri Jena said, Government has enacted Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) 2005, as an important step towards right to work and enhance the livelihood security of the rural households in the country. The scheme has been in operation since 2007-08.
The basic objective of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act is to provide at least 100 days’ guarantee of employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members are willing to do unskilled work, the Minister added.