JAIRAM, THE BPL MINISTER
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.