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Poverty line is a imaginary line with the cut off point that divides people into rich and poor on the basis of their purchasing power.
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In India, defining a poverty line has been a controversial issue, especially since mid-1970s when the first such poverty line was created by the erstwhile Planning Commission. It was based on minimum daily requirement of 2,400 and 2,100 calories for an adult in rural and urban areas, respectively.
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