Writing “I am poor” on homes violates human rights

The Dausa incident tramples over the rights of the poor

GN Bureau | June 22, 2017


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“I am from a poor family” written with red paint on a yellow background outside homes that draw ration under the NFSA in Rajasthan’s Dausa district is a clear case of human rights violation.
 
Poverty in itself is a human rights issue as the poor face malnutrition, sickness and death.
 
The Dausa incident tramples over the rights of the poor and shows the insensitivity of the Vasundhara Raje government towards the have-nots. The state government needs to promptly take action the officials who wrote the demeaning message.
 
According the latest estimate, there are 1,663,485 BPL families in Rajasthan.
 
Below poverty line is an economic benchmark and poverty threshold used by the government of India to indicate economic disadvantage and to identify individuals and households in need of government assistance. It is determined using various parameters which vary from state to state.
 
The Dausa message states that the inhabitants of the houses receive subsidised food grain under NFSA that poor families are entitled to, reports NDTV.
 
The National Food Security Act, 2013 has the objective to provide for food and nutritional security in human life cycle approach, by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices to people to live a life with dignity. The Act provides for coverage of upto 75% of the rural population and upto 50% of the urban population for receiving subsidized foodgrains under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), thus covering about two-thirds of the population, said department of food and public distribution. 
 

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