NHRC issues notice to Rajasthan govt over ‘I am poor’ graffiti
The notice was issued on the basis of reports that the words ‘I am extremely poor and take rations through National Food Security Act (NFSA)’ were painted on more than 50,000 houses of below poverty line (BPL) families in the district.jaipur Updated: Jun 29, 2017 12:23 IST
The national human rights commission (NHRC) has sought action from the Rajasthan government over reported markings on houses of the poor in Dausa district which it termed a ‘violation of the Right to Dignity’.
The rights body issued a notice to the Rajasthan chief secretary, calling for a report on the matter, along with action taken against guilty officials, within four weeks.
The notice was issued on the basis of reports that the words ‘I am extremely poor and take rations through National Food Security Act (NFSA)’ were painted on more than 50,000 houses of below poverty line (BPL) families in the district.
Locals had expressed strong resentment against the paintings, saying they were “very humiliating”, but admitted that if they had opposed the move, the benefits of food subsidy programme would have been withdrawn.
Activists decried the move, saying that poverty is not something that one wants to wear as a badge.
A press release on NHRC’s website said that the media reports about this kind of humiliation, if true, amounts to violation of the Right to Dignity of the beneficiaries of the scheme.
“No civilized society would ever appreciate such an imprudent and irrational act of the state authorities,” the release said.
The release also mentioned comments of state panchayati raj minister Rajendra Rathore, who said that no such order has been issued by the state government.
Condemning the practice, the minister had blamed the Congress government for starting the practice in 2009.