The ruling BJP government in Rajasthan resorts to marking houses of BPL families with “I am poor” and “I am extremely poor” tags in case of ridiculous social profiling to identify BPL homes for distributing subsidized food grains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).
Along with the ‘poor’ tag, the details of the family members and that status of being beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) have also been written outside the houses. Disheartened by these wall markings, these residents say they are being subject to embarrassment by this markings. “We are subject to undergo this humiliation for 10 kilos of wheat. The government officials spoil our walls and people make fun of us,” a resident of the Kundera Dungar village told a television news channel.
‘I am poor, receive ration from National Food Security Act (NFSA)’, painted on houses in Rajasthan’s Dausa by administration
The markings have come up in other thasil’s of Dausa district, where about 70% of the population benefits from the NFSA. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minorities are among the beneficiaries as BPL families. More than 1.5 lakh houses in Dausa district have been painted by the state government. The exercise is reportedly being undertaken all over the state
The welfare scheme – the National Food Security Act – was introduced by the previous Congress-led government and entitles the poorest families to 5 kg of highly discounted grain.
Congress decried the move by the Rajasthan government and alleged the BJP as being anti-poor. “If the state government provides them ration under the Food Security Act, it’s their legal right, and not a charity from the government. It proves the BJP governments at the Center and in states are anti-poor,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said.
However, the BJP has been quick to defend itself saying that the measure is just to ensure that the subsidies reach all beneficiaries.