From Dole to Development
Apropos ‘But Do These Numbers Add Up?’ (Feb 6), Mythili Bhusnurmath rightly said that statistical estimates have been manoeuvred in the Economic Survey and the Budget. This is not new as other political parties in power played with the numbers favourable to their agenda. The parameters of poverty estimates by the earlier government differed quite a bit. The question is not the numbers game but the spirit behind the Budget that is directed towards a paradigm shift from dole to development and from allocation to performance.