A video has surfaced on social media showing a man, in a Mercedes, arrives at a government grocery store in Hoshiarpur, Punjab to pick up the subsidized groceries. Moreover, the man’s gesture angered the netizens, as rations are available to people under (BPL). In the video, he is seen storing sacks of legumes and rice in the trunk of his car, which are available at just INR 2 per kg in the government grocery store.
Furthermore, a person standing next to the grocery store, shot the video on his phone, who posted the video on twitter which then went viral across the social media. However, Amit Kumar, the one who runs the shop, claimed that man arrived in Mercedes, has the BPL card, which is required to shop the groceries from the government grocery shop.
Meanwhile, after the controversy sparked up, the man who was seen driving the Mercedes in the viral video, claimed that it was his relative’s car, who lives abroad. “Their car is parked outside out house, and as it’s a diesel vehicle, we have to start it in a few days and take some rounds,” he added. (Source – NDTV)
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Lalchand Kataruchak, the minister of food and civil supplies in the Punjab government, has ordered an investigation into the matter. On the other hand, the Mercedes driver also claimed to be a poor man and that the car belonged to his relative. Furthermore, he asserted that “his children study in a government school.”
Reportedly, the VIP number is also visible on the vehicle’s licence plate, and the footage is from Hoshiarpur’s Nloyan Chowk. When questioned about why the owner had given cheap ration to the man riding in a Mercedes, the depot holder responded that the government had ordered that whoever has the BPL card, should be provided free ration.