Look who is in Bihar's BPL list: Ex-minister, IAS officer
May 11, 2006 TIMES NEWS NETWORK
PATNA: The row over the list of below-poverty-line (BPL) families in Bihar seems to be snowballing into a major controversy: CPM leader Vijay Kant Thakur recently drew the attention of Darbhanga DM towards the "fact" that only Brahmins, including an IPS officer, figured in the BPL list of a particular village.
If that was not enough, the names of a former minister, an IAS officer and a retired principal have also made it to the BPL list in Madhubani and Jhanjharpur in north Bihar.
Indeed, charges of massive irregularities in preparation of the list of BPL families, numbering around 62 lakh in the state, are not new. Three months ago, the state food and civil supplies department's then secretary, Arun Jha, ordered divisional commissioners to probe the irregularities.
This after the state vigilance bureau reported to the department glaring irregularities in the list preparation and, also, lifting of subsidised foodgrains on its basis in at least five districts. The Vigilance Bureau had carried out a random survey in these districts.
The irregularities took place during the RJD regime. The state Crime Investigation department's economic offences wing, which investigated the matter as early as 1998, estimated that around 21 lakh 'red cards' had been issued to persons who had no business to be in the BPL list.