Off the mark

IN Media Watch Briefs | 26/07/2013

With Rs 27 and Rs 33 as the poverty line for rural and urban areas being debated once again, and a Congress spokesperson putting the price of a meal at Rs 5 in Delhi and Rs 12 in Mumbai, the media did an odd thing. Reporters rushed to restaurants and roadside food hawkers to test if this figure was true. But the poor don't survive on hotel and street food do they?

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