Definition of BPL Family in India is a context specific matter. Planning Commission is the nodal agency of the Government of India for estimating poverty at National and State levels, on the basis of Monthly Per Capita Consumption Expenditure. But, there is subjectivity involved regarding which census to consider- the population estimates of Registrar General of India or the number of such families actually identified under BPL Category according to ration cards issued by State/UT Governments or based on BPL Aadhar cards.
The major challenge is that in a growing economy, many families migrate from BPL (Below Poverty Line) to APL (Above Poverty Line) category, but any of the above mentioned methodologies do not dynamically capture this transition.
But as per the prevalent Electricity laws and Regulations formulated by OERC in Odisha, the rules are slightly different.
- You need a proof to be issued by State Govt or Central Govt for BPL Categorisation; or your electricity connection is given free of charge, i.e., without paying any connection charges or is given under the Kutir Jyoti Scheme you are a consumer under the BPL category.
- Your monthly consumption should below 30 units. Once the consumption crosses 30 units, you are automatically migrated to Domestic category.
- Your connected load should be below 1 KW.
If your electricity connection is under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna (RGGVY) Scheme or under Biju Gram Jyoti Yojana (BGJY) scheme, then you are advised to visit the nearest Service Unit office to know about the various possibilities of becoming a BPL consumer.