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Barmer’s Poor Want To Be Out Of The Bpl List

Author: Mukesh Mathrani
Publication: The Hindustan Times
Date: November 25, 2016
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Inconvenient as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move may be, it has succeeded in weeding out a number of people who were taking undue advantage of government schemes meant for the poor.

Over the last two weeks, a number of below poverty line (BPL) beneficiaries in Rajasthan’s Barmer district have asked the government to remove them from the category. About eight people approached the sub-divisional officer with requests to this effect between November 23 and 24.

This came in the light of the government setting a ceiling of `50,000 on the amount of scrapped currency notes that can be deposited at banks by BPL beneficiaries. Those not belonging to this category are legally allowed to deposit as much as `2.5 lakh.

Information made available to HT suggested that the people facing this peculiar problem comprise those who held on to their BPL tag despite having the ability to eke out a living, just so they could enjoy additional benefits. Support from local politicians prevented the government from identifying them.

As many as 1.32 lakh people avail of BPL benefits in Barmer.

Additional district collector Omprakash Bishnoi said the government was keeping a close eye on people depositing money into their bank accounts. If anybody from the BPL category produces more than `50,000, he would not only lose his government-accorded benefits but also face legal action.
Ramesh Kumar, a 42-year-old pharmacist from Balotra block in Barmer, recently approached the area sub-divisional officer with a request that he be removed from the BPL category. “I applied for BPL status years ago, when I will still working at a medical shop. I had heard that the government was giving away homes to those in this category,” he said.

However, Kumar claimed that he did not use the scheme to get any undue benefits.

Forty-year-old Ghevar Chand said he registered himself in the BPL category 10 years ago, when he was unable to make both ends meet as a daily wage worker. “Now that I have a driver’s job and earn enough to support my family, I have decided to remove my name from the list,” he added.

Balotra sub-divisional officer Prabhatilal Jat said five people submitted written applications asking him to remove their names from the BPL list.
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