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Submitted by Megha on

Dear David - thank you for your comment and apologies for the tardy reply. In our paper, we devote an entire section to the controversies regarding poverty lines. The Tendulkar poverty line basket does take into account expenditures on food and non-food (education, health etc) items, and in fact, we compute the corresponding quantities of all items that would closely correspond to the poverty line. I do hope that you will find the paper of interest and pleased that these important issues continue to be hotly debated.