JAIRAM, THE BPL MIN­IS­TER

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE -

On Septem­ber 12, when Union Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Jairam Ramesh pledged his eyes to Ranchi- based Kashyap Me­mo­rial Eye Bank, he apol­o­gised for not pay­ing Rs 200 as an­nual mem­ber­ship fee for an aware­ness club run by the eye bank. Ex­plain­ing how he was a BPL ( Be­low Poverty Line) min­is­ter, he asked the hos­pi­tal to make the pay­ment on his be­half. The most fa­mous non- res­i­dent Jharkhandi— per­haps his fre­quent vis­its to the state have to do with his hav­ing been a stu­dent of St Xavier’s School in Ranchi— also de­clared that he wanted to be cre­mated at Saranda for­est in the state. No mem­ber­ship fee for that at least.

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