Rs100aday is an attempt by two friends to bring to light the issues affecting the common man in India through direct experiences.

This blog has its beginnings in an effort to live on India’s average income – Rs. 100/person/day without rent – to observe and understand the constraints that come with life at a monthly income of 3000.

However, after the Planning Commission came out with the proposed poverty line of Rs. 32/person/day, we decided to spend one week living at that income level in addition to three weeks at Rs. 100/day. Besides coming to the realization that the Rs. 32 figure is nonviable, we also gained some key insights into the lives of the poor.

Building on our backgrounds in the public sector – both of us had worked on the Unique ID project – we have also put together some policy thoughts stemming from our month long experiment. First among these is a series of posts on how the Public Distribution System can be improved; after all, food was the largest component of our finances during the experiment.

So, what’s next? We plan to summarize the findings from our experiment and the resulting policy recommendations, and present it to the Planning Commission. We have already spoken to the Chief Minister of Kerala and got his views on Rs. 32/day. We hope to talk to other elected officials to get their perspective on Rs. 32. Moreover, this experiment has motivated us to continue the average Indian lifestyle at regular intervals – perhaps once a week. We will provide details on the “average India fast” soon!

Finally, we hope to continue to do similar lifestyle experiments, where we put ourselves artificially in situations when new government policies are declared to check their effectiveness on the ground. We will keep you posted.

You are welcome to join us (and keep tabs on us) in our past and future endeavors!

-Tushar & Matt


7 Comments to “Home”

  1. Is it practically possible to applicable on 21 century human life…..?

  2. Will we ever find any of our politicos, cutting across Party lines, subjecting themselves 2 anything like this ? Never ! Kudos 2 these concerned & caring young men 4 subjecting themselves 2 this hardship 4 the sake of their less fortunate brethren ! But is the Govt listening?

  3. Rs. 100/person/day without rent. A one room structure in a slum costs Rs 2000 per month. Tushar & Matt appreciate your efforts on this challenge. Just that since both of you survived the ordeal does it sort of justifies the fact 100 or 32 rupees per day is survivable? Points to be noted is you choose a clean healthy pollution free town in Kerala (God’s own country) where people are nice. If I can garner enough courage I can take challenge to beg and live penny less in such a decent palace. Please help project your thoughts around these points (also).

    • Raghavendra,
      We are in no way saying that 100 or 32 will provide someone with a life of comfort and aspirations. What we tried to show is that even in close to ideal conditions (Kerala, as you pointed out) it was a struggle. It is easy to imagine how much more difficult it’d be elsewhere.

  4. Hi Tushar & Matthew,

    I want to run a piece on you in our website which is a social media driven community website for South Asian women worldwide. Could you send me a picture of the two of you that I can use for the write-up? The site, ( http://www.talkingcranes.com) will go live next week. It is in beta testing mode now & can be accessed with a user name & password. Let me know if you would like access.


  5. I want to put some information
    According to the report of Tendulkar committee 37% Indian are living below poverty line.
    According to Saxena committee it is 50% ( both are official information).
    Again Arjun Sengupta committee said that 77% Indians can not spend Rs.20 per day.

    According to National Crime Bureau from 1995 to 2010, 9,56,913 farmer committed suicide.

    The official salary of montek singh ahluwalia is 1000000/month.

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