Appeasement Politics: K. Chandrashekhar Rao, Telangana CM follows Akhilesh Yadav, soon to distribute ration cards bearing his photo
New Delhi, November 7: In a yet another case of appeasement politics in view of the rival political parties, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Telangana CM has decided to have his own photo on the ration cards.
According to reports, KCR has placed an order for printing of over 85 lakh Food Security cards bearing his photo.
Recently, the CM gave nod to the pink-colored card design which has CM's photo on the top and it scheduled to distributed by December.
Amid the storm of criticism, KCR is of the view that there is nothing wrong in doing so since the state government has been supplying rice at just Re 1 per kg while Central government supplying the same for Rs 2 per kg.
But the critics are raising objections overprinting of any photos of political leaders on FSA cards.
Similar Move was done By UP CM Akhilesh Yadav
Earlier on Oct 19, 2016, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday launched the National Food Security Scheme by distributing ration cards bearing the Samajwadi Party (SP) colours and his photograph to a group of women at his residence in Lucknow. The ration cards will be distributed to around 3.32 crore people across the state under the scheme. The women who were given ration cards also received bags of either 5 kg of wheat or rice. He, however, sought to downplay the issue, saying it was important for people to know who was working for them.
This move by Akhilesh Yadav was slammed by the Centre who objected over states printing their own photos on cards since the subsidy burden of foodgrains being supplied under FSA is borne by the Centre.
However, the Food Security Act enforced into the Telangana state two years ago, but the no cards have been issued by the Telangana CM till date citing various reasons.