Q.1:- Why is calorie-based norm not adequate to identify the poor?
The calorie-based norm is not adequate to identify the poor because:
1. This mechanism groups all people together and does not differentiate between a very poor from other poor making it difficult to identify who are the most needy.
2. The norm only uses expenditure on food and some selected few items as basis of estimating poor.
3. This norm does not consider various important factors that are associated with poverty. These factors are health care, clean drinking water, proper sanitation and basic education.
4. It also fails to account for social factors that exaggerate and worsen poverty like ill health, lack of access to resources, lack of civil and political freedom, etc.