Cong, DMK & Left parties hold demo against Kiran Bedi

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

The Puducherry L-G also tweeted pictures of littered neighbourhoods, captioning: "Linked Free Rice distribution to respective constituency MLAs & Commune Commisioners Certifying villages open defecation free and of strewn garbage and plastic".

The state government's order asked the villagers to get the certification from their MLA and the "commissioner of the commune panchayat". "What Kiran Bedi has said is against the spirit of the National Food Security act".

However, Bedi's statement drew flak from parties who said her orders are autocratic, following which she withheld her order in a statement to media.

"The absurd and unjustified diktat by the BJP-appointed LG of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi, to suspend free rice distribution to the poor in villages is a clear proof of how decisions of elected governments not belonging to BJP are being brazenly overturned in gross misuse of Constitutional positions", the AAP said, PTI reported.

In a statement, she said that distribution of free rice to the villagers, which benefits almost half of the rural population, "shall be conditional to the certification of the village being open defecation free and free of strewn garbage and plastics by submitting a joint certificate given by the MLA and the Commune Commissioner to the Civil Supplies Commissioner".

Kumaran pleaded ignorance about the legal validity of the order.

Ever since she became Lt Governor in May 2016, Bedi and the Congress government have been at loggerheads over various issues, including her style of functioning, among others.

Civic officials in Rajasthan's Pratapgarh town had in June 2017 beaten a Muslim man to death when he tried to stop them clicking women defecating in the open - part of a name-and-shame drive.

Clarification in view of misreading of the intent of my improving the living conditions of the poor in rural areas. Free rice reaches out to more than half of the population, primarily in rural areas.

Meanwhile, the department last week set in motion the process of floating tenders to procure around 5,000 tonnes of rice for distribution.

Replying to Bedi, Narayanasamy told THE WEEK, "Many of the villages in Puducherry are clean".

Meanwhile the poor and needy families will be provided their entitlement as per the law made by Central Govt and rules framed by UT Govt. "This is the learning of the morning round today", Bedi wrote on Twitter, sharing images along with the announcement.

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