Residents throw ragi mudde challenge to CM

BENGALURU: While the fitness challenge #HumFitTohIndiaFit is trending with Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself challenging bureaucrats and other personalities, residents of Kurubarahalli, west Bengaluru, have hurled a (ragi ball) challenge at HD Kumaraswamy and one of his cabinet members.

Upset over supply of worm-infested, substandard ragi at ration shops under the scheme, the residents have dared Kumaraswamy and food and civil supplies minister BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan to cook ragi mudde using the same ragi and consume it. On Thursday, the residents couriered parcels of ragi to the CM and Zameer’s homes.

Sunanda, a resident of JC Nagar, said the ragi supplied under Anna Bhagya is not fit for human consumption. “Usually, before use, the ragi is cleaned. But on Wednesday when I began cleaning it, insects crawled out. I took it to a poultry farm and dumped it there so that it could be used to feed chickens. But even the farm staff refused to take it, saying it was of bad quality. We are being distributed ragi which cannot even be fed to chickens.”

Paramesh, a resident of Kurubarahalli, said the ragi is of sub-standard quality and is full of insects. “One cannot eat food made out of it. We have couriered ragi parcels to the CM and the food and civil supplies minister so that they realize what we get from the government. If they are ready to eat the food cooked from this ragi, we are ready to eat it as well,” he said.

Under the Anna Bhagya scheme, the state government provides 15kg rice and 5kg ragi to every BPL card holder in the state.

However, food and civil supplies department officers got wind of the development, rushed to the area and assured residents that better quality ragi would be supplied.

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