Plan­ning com­mis­sion needs re­al­ity check

HT Ludhiana Live - - City - Deepa Sharma Sood deepa. sharma@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.

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