Govt says, no legislator BPL

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Pardeep Singh Bali

After the controversy over registration of legislator under Below Poverty Line (BPL), government today clarified that no ration card has been registered in the name of any other legislator.

The government replied with regard to the allegations of registration of name of Independent MLA-Er Rasheed under BPL. Minister for Revenue, Syed Basharat Bukhari informed the house that the family of the Rasheed has just one ration card which according to him was registered in the name of his father.

“There is only one ration card registered in his family and that too in the name of his (Er. Abdul Rasheed) father. Rasheed is a part of that family and as per our records no ration card is registered on Er. Rasheeds’s name,” he said. Rashid had told Lower House on Thursday that his name has “figured in Below Poverty Line” (BPL) category while demanding action against concerned Deputy Commissioner.

Another Lawmaker from Chhamb also informed the house Thursday that his name has also figured in the BPL list after which Revenue Minister, Syed Basharat Bukhari, had directed Deputy Commissioner concerned to investigate the matter.

Later the government ordered suspension of a Tehsildar and several other officials for including the name of other Chhamb lawmaker in BPL list. Responding to the Bukhari’s claims NC legislator and MLA Sonawari, Mohammad Akbar Lone stood up and told that the Minister’s statement was full of ambiguity.  “What could be understood from government’s statement, either Minister is lying or Er Rasheed is a liar,” Lone told the house.

He said that the Breach of Privilege Motion should be brought against those who are misleading the house. “It is my request to bring Breach of Privilege Motion against the one who has misled the house,” Lone told the Speaker. Meanwhile Minister for social welfare and IT supported the demand of bringing breach of privilege motion against the one ‘who misled the house’ and said “The issue was earlier sorted in the meeting. But later in this august house, Er Rasheed has raked up the issue of ‘putting his name in BPL’. It is mockery and this must be investigated.”

 

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