Arjun Kumar Sengupta (10 June – 26 September ) was a Member of the Parliament . Under Sengupta’s Chairmanship, the NCEUS produced a total of ten reports in addition to submitting a number of Poverty, he wrote as many as six reports, including a mission report on extreme poverty in the United States. ARJUN SENGUPTA s the independent expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty, for the Human Rights Commis- sion in Geneva, this author . This paper provides a rationale for defining extreme poverty as a combination of income poverty, human development poverty and social exclusion. It briefly.

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Archived from the original PDF on 21 July The recommendations of AGE relating to enhancing the powers delegated to Navratna, Arjnu and other profit making CPSEs were initially considered and the proposals for enhancing the powers replrt to Navratna, Miniratna and other profit making CPSEs were comjittee by the Cabinet and orders in this regard were issued on 5 August.

Human rights and extreme poverty : report of the Independent Expert, Arjun Sengupta

However, if the per capita consumption is Rs 13 a day, then the individual is above the poverty line. The Tendulkar committee report does away with this anomaly. The author argues that the right to development is related to ideas of justice and equity, world over and is fundamentally different from conventional policies and programmes related to development. One is classified as absolutely poor if the per capita consumption is less than Rs 9 a day.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The committee has suggested three changes to the existing methodology. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Archived from the original on 28 September afjun These only represent the floor of what may be considered minimum basic needs for a citizen to be classified as poor, given contemporary realities.


If India is to cope with the fallout of the global financial meltdown, it needs to think of unusual policies and strategies, including those it had earlier turned its back on. So if you account for that, they are actually richer than the report reflects. Take the findings of the Census: At this time, he also steered two important groups: Developing countries adjusting to globalisation have financial needs entirely different from those the IMF was originally set up to meet.

Sengupta argued that the enforceability of collective rights via the implementation of development programs was possible even without their being converted into legal rights though he recognised that justiciability did remain a superior course of action.

Because, even with this poverty line, normative expenditure on health may not be met in all states although they do meet education and food expenditure norms in most states. He produced six reports on the Right to development between and repogt Despite high growth, more than three-fourths ajun Indians are poor and vulnerable with a level of consumption not more than twice the official poverty line.

Except for the Tendulkar committee report, all other estimates ignore these essential elements of poverty estimation. So, management of globali- Managing Globalisation sation must be assessed in terms of its Governing Globalisation: Webarchive template wayback links CS1 maint: According to Ravi Srivastava, Professor of Economics and Jawaharlal Nehru University”Sengupta’s contributions to the right to development constitute However, the idea of development itself has changed significantly over the years, and ODA has increasingly come to incorporate the human rights approach to development.

However, it does this without specifying a poverty line and without any justification for the estimate. Official development assistance ODA is one of the most effective methods of promoting development in low-income countries.

Nonetheless, as with any estimate, these are only as good as the assumptions behind povrrty adjustments. Developing countries can draw up a basic framework incorporating the requirements of growth without violating other rights, and industrial countries can then raise the funds needed for development assistance.


The immediate challenge is to arrest the loss of confidence of private investment and the attendant tightening of liquidity. However, the real problem is identifying a suitable poverty line. There is also evidence to suggest that inequality povrty widening between the common people and the better-off sections of society.

Arjun Kumar Sengupta

This proportion of the population which can be categorised as the “common people” is much higher among certain social groups, especially for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. Tue, Jan 19 It is here that the approaches differ. The report is based on government data for the period between and First, it has decided to use one poverty line for all the residents of the country, correcting only for cost of living differences.

Sengupta was a proponent of the need for an arms-length relationship with the political authority in public sector units PSUs. However, while Sengupta was a market reformer, his vision was different than what was in currency at the time in the international financial institutions.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. From there he went to serve as deputy director general of FAO and during that period he produced major writings on agricultural policies for development.

This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat o Retrieved 20 February But this too shall pass. Archived copy as title link. Last month, one more report and estimate were added to the list. It could also be a lender of the last resort to countries which become objects of negative market expectations. On 26 MarchSengupta was honoured posthumously by the Government of Bangladesh for his contribution to the Bangladesh Liberation War.