Planning commission needs reality check
LUDHIANA: A person living in an urban area needs just Rs 32 to have three meals a day! At least this is what the planning commission believes.
However, a reality check revealed that the cost of three meals in any city is at least Rs 100 per person. Going by this figure, a family of four would spend Rs 4,000 per month on food. Clearly, the claims of the planning commission are based on assumptions and not reality.
A frugal meal comprising cooked vegetables can cost Rs 33, if the cost of cooking gas and oil are not included. One LPG cylinder costs Rs 415 and cooking oil can cost anywhere between Rs 75 a litre (mustard oil) to Rs 300 (desi ghee).
The escalating inflation is burning a hole in the common man's pocket. Skyrocketing prices are making essential household items such as spices, pulses and vegetables unaffordable.
The price of potato is expected to rise from Rs 15 per kg to Rs 20 during the ongoing Navratra festival.