Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who visited Telangana, has been heavily criticized for her treatment of Kamareddy District Collector at the ration shop. She slammed the officials as to why Prime Minister Modi’s photo was not put on the ration shop.
Former MP Subramanian Swamy, a senior leader of her own party, who is known for his straight-talking, reacted strongly to Minister Nirmala’s behaviour terming it as ‘shameful display of chumchagiri’.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was talking to the beneficiaries at the Public Distribution System (PDS) shops at Birkur in Kamareddy district. During this, she noticed that the photo of PM Modi was not installed at the ration shop. In such a situation, she slammed the officials of the Civil Supplies Department and the District Collectorate and asked why the picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is missing from the shops.
Known for not mincing his words, Subramanian Swamy tweeted, “Most shameful display of chumchagiri. At most she could have written to the Minister in charge of PDS complaining about the non display of Modi photo.”
State minister KT Rama Rao, son of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (‘KCR’), has said he was “appalled” by her “unruly conduct”.
On this whole matter, Telangana Health Minister T Harish Rao said that it is unfair to ask the Finance Minister to keep PM Modi’s photo in ration shops. According to him, only 50 to 55 per cent of the cardholders are supplied 10 kg of rice every month under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) at Rs 3 per kg. The remaining 45-50 per cent cardholders are supplied by the Telangana government at their own expense.