India’s stingy definition of poverty irks critics (AP) – 1793th Edition

In this photo taken Friday, May 20, 2011, Himmat waits for customers near his bicycle rickshaw, in New Delhi, India. Himmat who earns 5,000 rupees ($110) a month, barely able to mange his family of four. Earlier this month India's Planning Commission, which helps sets economic policy, told the Supreme Court that the poverty line for the nation's cities was 578 rupees ($12.75) per person a month, or about 2,300 ($51) for Himmat's family. For rural India it's even lower at about 450 rupees ($9.93). (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)AP – Every day, through scorching summers and chilly winters, Himmat pedals his bicycle rickshaw through New Delhi’s crowded streets, earning barely enough to feed his family. But to India’s government he is not poor — not even close.

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