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A PJ governor did not like the INDEC poverty data, he put together a new index and gave it 21 points less


It's Sergio Ziliotto, from La Pampa. The local Ministry of Social Development disputed the national data.

After the high figures that the last survey of INDEC showed in Poverty (36.5%) for his province, the

Peronist governor of La Pampa, Sergio Ziliotto

, decided to develop his own indicator: the Vulnerability Index.

In the first measurement, it gave it 15.1%,

21 points less

than the national data. Indigence also fell suddenly: from 13.2% of the Institute of Statistics to 3.7% locally. 

To carry out its own index, the provincial government reported that it deployed some 120 people, including officials and pollsters, who conducted 1,000 interviews for a month in the

Santa Rosa-Toay conglomerate

, where INDEC conducts the permanent Household survey, the technical base on which makes the measurement of Poverty and Indigence throughout the country.

With these own figures and with the contribution of data from national and provincial programs, the income of vulnerable people improves and poverty and indigence rates fall.

Although his real situation, it is clear, remains the same.

The announcement of the new measurement was made by the provincial Minister of Social Development, Diego Alvarez.

He was accompanied by other colleagues: Health, Mario Kohan, Modernization and Connectivity, Antonio Curciarello, and the Minister of Production, Fernanda Gonzalez.

There was more political support for the announcement: the mayor of the pampean capital, the camporista Luciano di Nápoli, and the mayor of Toay, Rodolfo Alvarez, were also present.

Minister Diego Alvarez himself admitted that they questioned the latest INDEC measurements.

"In the Poverty and Indigence report of March 2022, which reflected the second semester of 2021, they gave us data that was quite worrying: 33.6% in poverty and 13.8% in Indigence," he acknowledged.

The high rates of poverty and indigence appeared despite the fact that the "platita plan" was also deployed in the province

in that semester, for the elections of national senators and deputies that the ruling party lost in La Pampa.

Food reinforcement for 833 million

He said that with these "complicated" data from INDEC, a decision by Governor Ziliotto was triggered: to implement a food reinforcement.

"To alleviate and contain that data," he added.

On April 20, 2022, through a decree, the RAFE was created: Extraordinary Focused Food Reinforcement.

A figure of 833 million pesos for the most vulnerable sectors

: it aimed at those who had social assistance but did not have the Alimentar Card.

"The first liquidation of the reinforcement was for those who were below the line of indigence and the second for those who were below the poverty line," explained the minister from Pampas.

This food reinforcement reached 10,500 families.

"We wanted to measure the reach of that social measure

," she said.

He also placed emphasis on other programs such as low weight cases, a limited universe of 84 cases.

"Once these programs were underway, the INDEC measurement was published and indigence only dropped to 13.2%," Alvarez admitted.

"In no way does this study intend to distort the INDEC figures. But that 13.2% did not reflect the investment with an increase of 202% in the food program," he justified.

Social Vulnerability Index

There it was decided to develop a new measurement


"Since the data was not lowered or moderated, it was decided to work on a new study," said the minister from Pampas.

Alvarez affirmed that the new

Social Vulnerability Index

was based on the Pilquén provincial program, a database that brings together those who receive aid and social programs at the national, provincial and municipal levels.

The provincial hypothesis is that INDEC would not be accounting for these extras in the income of vulnerable sectors.

With the contribution of the Ministries of Social Development, of Health and with the intervention of the Ministry of Connectivity and Modernization,

they gathered all the data and created a new index. 

With a team of 120 people including officials and pollsters, they conducted 800 surveys in Santa Rosa and 200 in Toay.

The Provincial Directorate of Statistics and Censuses, the body that reports to INDEC, did not participate in the survey.

Alvarez exhibited the new results, although he reported two figures, which generated more confusion: "In Poverty, people, with declared income 17.4% and when national and provincial programs are computed, it drops to 15.1%. And in Indigence, with income declared by families 8.4% and with the aggregate income of the programs it drops to 3.7%".

"We do not want to be a stupid state, but rather an active state that works with existing information to be as efficient as possible in the application of public policies," justified the Minister of Social Development of the Pampas when announcing the brand new index.

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