Violates fundamental rights, says Puducherry CM after LG Kiran Bedi orders free rice only for 'clean villages'

Source: WION Web Team
Place: Delhi, India Published: Apr 29, 2018, 07.27 AM(IST)

Kiran Bedi. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph:( Others )

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Narayanasamy added that Bedi's order was against the National Food Security Act, 2013

Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi's order, stating that the free rice distribution scheme would be applicable to villages free from open defecation and garbage, sparked a controversy. Bedi had to face a wave of criticism over her remark. Chief Minister Velu Narayanasamy on Saturday also reacted saying that she had no idea about the implications of her order. 

Narayanasamy added that Bedi's order was against the National Food Security Act, 2013, "which ensures free rice as a statutory right for 75 per cent of the rural population". 


Narayanasamy further added that it was not in Bedi's right to issue any such formal order without consulting him or his office. The Chief Minister also warned that Bedi will have to bear the consequences as a result of her misinformed act. 


Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi later withdrew her order saying that her intention was not to deny the subsidy to the poor. 

She took to Twitter stating that she had clarified her previous communication to "put at rest any misgivings". 

"In view of the misreading of my intent to improve the living conditions of rural poor & in view of assured commitment that rural areas will be Open defecation free by June 2018, I have clarified my earlier communications to put at rest any misgivings.Tom shall b my 156, weekend round," read her tweet. 


According to reports, the Lieutenant Governor had also sent out a WhatsApp message to the ministers in the Union Territory noting that the distribution of free rice to the villagers shall be conditional to the "certification of the village being open defecation free and free of strewn garbage and plastics by submitting a joint certificate given by the MLA and the Commune Commissioner to the Civil Supplies Commissioner.” 

Until such a certification is issued, “the free rice supplies will be kept on hold and in safe storage. It shall be distributed to the beneficiaries on the village being certified clean,” read the message. 


Puducherry's rice scheme gives 20 kg rice to those below the poverty line and 10 kg to those above the poverty line.

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