Baramulla Distt Tops List With 2.37 Lakh People

Baramulla Distt Tops List With 2.37 Lakh People

27 April 2013
Kashmir Times


Jammu: Baramulla district is the poorest district of state with the highest number of people (2.37 lakh souls) living Below Poverty Line (BPL) while Leh district has the lowest number of BPL people-families in J&K. The total BPL population in J&K, as per the last survey conducted in 2008-09, was 24,20,826 (4,16,700 families). Baramulla is closely followed by the border district of Kupwara with 2,33,569 people living Below Poverty Line (BPL). Interestingly, Kupwara has the highest number of BPL families in J&K i.e., 30,927 families followed by Jammu district with 37,465 families. On this account, Baramulla ranks third with 36,239 BPL families although it tops in terms of BPL population status. According to a local news agency JKNI, this is despite the fact that the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families have registered a sharp decline in J&K during 2002 to 2009 as the number has dwindled from 6.18 lakh families to 4.17 lakh families during this period. However, Kashmir division continues to account for more BPL families- population with 2,24,400 families (13.62 lakh souls) against 1,92,300 families (10.59 lakh souls) in Jammu division. In Kashmir division, Budgam district ranks third with 1,78,033 BPL population and 28,520 families while Pulwama is on the fourth slot with 1,27,482 population and 21,708 BPL families. In Jammu division, the border district of Poonch has the second highest number of BPL families i.e., 24,247 comprising 1,38,404 souls. The BPL status in its twin district Rajouri is 1,33, 843 souls of 23,175 families. Udhampur and Doda districts are on fourth and fifth ranks with 1,25, 130 souls of 21,614 BPL families and 1,02,712 souls of 17,694 families respectively. Leh district in Kashmir division has the lowest number of 4128 BPL families comprising 28,548 souls. As per the BPL Survey conducted by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics J&K, the BPL status in 2008-09 was approximately 24.21 lakh souls (4.17 lakh families) in 22 districts of the state. Prior to that BPL Census was conducted by the Ministry of Rural Development Department, Government of India through the State Rural Development Department during the year 2002. As per the door to door survey conducted, the BPL population in 2002 was approximately 31.86 lakh souls (6.18 lakh families) in 14 districts of the State. Samba, Reasi, Kishtwar, Ramban in Jammu division and Ganderbal, Bandipora, Kulgam and Shopian in Kashmir division were not separate districts that time. Kashmir division had a population of 18,36,686 souls of 3,43,408 BPL families while Jammu division had 13,49,289 people and 2,74,490 families in 2002.