- 1.5 lakh homes painted with "I am poor" slogan in Dausa
- To ensure only deserving families get cheap food grain: officials
- Villagers say they are humiliated, opposition attacks BJP government
The humiliating revelation was painted by zila parishads or district councils in Dausa, which is about 60 km east of the state capital of Jaipur.
The message also states that the inhabitants of the houses receive subsidised food grain that poor families are entitled to, triggering sharp criticism of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her party, the BJP.
"Earlier we were not getting wheat - by writing this on the walls, we have started receiving our rations, but at the same time everyone in the village is making fun of us" said Sitaram, who lives in the Bhankree village in Dausa.
"This is wrong, we are enquiring into it," said Rajendra Rathore, the state's Panchayati Raj Minister, to whom zila parsihads are accountable. "Some districts appear to have done this on their own. There is no such order issued by our department. In 2009, the Congress had issued an order where BPL (Below Poverty Line) used to be written outside BPL homes, but to write" I am poor" is wrong and I am looking into it."
"It's a sick joke. If the state government provides them ration under the Food Security Act, it's their legal right, and not a charity from the government," said Manish Tewari of the opposition Congress.
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