The Government has decided to reform the targeting process to minimize the inclusion and exclusion errors and
identify the underprivileged through a transparent, impartial and objective mechanism; and also give equal chance to
each one for applying to the Programme for enrollment for cash and various other benefits.
As one of the best known practices for targeting the underprivilegeds, a scientifically developed
instrument named “Poverty Scorecard” based on Proxy Means Testing has been adopted.
It has been decided to implement the Poverty Scorecard; and a nationwide Poverty Survey has been planned to identify the underprivileged families.
Hence beneficiary identification through Parliamentarians was stopped on 30th of April 2009.
A Test Phase of the Poverty Scorecard based survey has been completed in 16 districts.
Data entry and data verification/ validation has been completed in all these districts and lists of eligible beneficiary families is ready for payment of cash benefits.