Kiran Bedi withdraws order restricting rice subsidy to 'clean' villages

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 28, 2018, 10.10 PM(IST)

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

Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi has withdrawn the order that restricted rice subsidy to villages which were not free from open defecation and garbage.

The governor withdrew her order saying that her intention was not to deny subsidy to the poor. 

In her clarification, Bedi said that her intention of linking rural open defecation and cleanliness with free rice distribution is not to deny any poor persons of their entitlement.

She added that she had already sanctioned and directed to provide quality food grains to needy families. 

She took to Twitter to clarify " In view of misreading of my intent to improve d 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"


Bedi had earlier announced that the distribution of free rice to villagers in the Union Territory will be stopped if villages are not free from open defecation and garbage.

Bedi said that the villages have to prove they are indeed open defecation free and free of garbage to avail the benefit of free rice from the government. Bedi took to Twitter to announce that the local administration will now have to provide her with a certificate proving that villages are free from open defecation and garbage before the free supply of rice is provided.