BPL survey finally begins in state

Bhubaneswar: After lots of hulla-baloo and even court intrigues, the much talked about and long awaited survey of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the state commenced today in seven districts. The survey has been started in Koraput, Malkangiri, Raygada, Gajapati, Kondhmal, Kalahandi and Bolangir districts.

The enumeration work of BPL families was launched at the office the Sadar block in Bolangir. The programme was launched by Sanatan Mallik, project director of the District Rural Development Agency(DRDA). Four blocks in the district would be covered in the first phase. In Kalahandi, the programme started off from village Bhangabari under Sadar block.

Likewise in Koraput, the drive has been launched in Jeypore block, Koraput block and Jeypore municipality. The district collector, Sachin Ramchandra Yadav launched the programme from village Rudhiamba under Koraput block. A total number of 873 enumerators and 147 supervisors have been engaged in the survey in 14 blocks in the district. While in Nawarangpur, the work could not commence due to the Umerkote by-poll.

A total number of 6,900 enumerators have been engaged in the survey in the entire state. However, it is feared that the final report could be delayed as only 40 per cent of the data entry operators have joined duty till today. While the Centre provides survey machines and data entry operators, the state government would provide the enumerators. The survey would be conducted under the guideline prepared by the Centre to determine the socio-economic status of the BPL families in the state.