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One can eat for Re. 1, says Farooq Abdullah

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A file photo of Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah.
A file photo of Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah.

After Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar and Congress leader Rasheed Masood, now Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Friday has said that one can have full meal for Re.1.

“One can eat for Re.1, if desired. It depends on the common man how much they can afford and they have to manage in that only,” Mr. Abdullah said on the ongoing debate on poverty.

Mr. Masood on Thursday claimed that “one can eat well” for Rs.5 in the national capital, a day after Mr. Raj Babbar said that one can have a full meal for Rs.12 in Mumbai.

“You can eat well for Rs.5 in the Jama Masjid area of Delhi,” Mr. Masood, a Rajya Sabha member from the Congress, said in New Delhi.

The comment has opened floodgates of criticism with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying the government is just trying to perpetuate poverty.

The Planning Commission on Tuesday said poverty ratio in the country had declined to 21.9 per cent in 2011-12 from 37.2 per cent in 2004-05 on account of increase in per capita consumption.

The commission estimated the 2011-12 national poverty line at Rs.816 per capita per month for rural areas and Rs.1,000 per capita per month for urban areas.

This would mean that the people whose daily consumption of goods and services exceed Rs.27.20 in villages and Rs.33.33 in cities are not poor.

Mr Farooq Abdullah is devastatingly mistaken when he said that we can get something @ 1 ruppee, a meal being a big question out of the box. These ministers have got no concern for the poor nor their extreme deprivation. What they do bother is their own cunning self.
Didn't he realise that had we got a meal for a ruppee, India would not have remained a developing country, nor it's citizens poor.
These ministers should be damned.:@

from:  Tushar
Posted on: Jul 30, 2013 at 10:58 IST

What a ridiculous comment. With ?1 we cant get one bajji or samosa. I don't understand how can they pass such kind of comments openly

from:  Govind
Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 at 18:30 IST

we can live on Rs.0 by swallowing our salaiva

from:  Santharam
Posted on: Jul 28, 2013 at 06:10 IST

For long, I am under the impression that the government has stopped minting 50 paise, 1
rupee and 2 rupee coins and printing and circularing notes of Re.1 and 2 and they can be
seen only in museums. Thank you, Dr. Farooq Abdullah,for telling the nation that one rupee
still remains as alegal tender and as a double whammy to aam aadmi, it is capable of
fetching a meal. Can you give the adress where such cheap meal is available and the items
on plate,, so that your assertion can be validated? When this is the case, what is the need for
the food security ordinance? We know UPA is cut off from ground realities on many issues
that affect the common man, but do not know that this disconnect is of such a big scale.
Voters, arise , awake and save India from such insensitive UPA leaders who think that they
can heap such insults at will on the poor and get away!

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 at 19:59 IST

This clearly indicates his hot-headedness. Every one knows that even
beggars do not accept Re.1/- these days. They throw a scant look at

from:  laxmi
Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 at 18:20 IST

One can GET a meal for one rupee may or may not be a big question.
But could one get a Rupee note is a problem.We do not get 1,2,5 and 10
rupee notes from the banks.we do not see anywhere also.when people
to give something to the beggars in front of the temples for want of
those denominations,they give biscuits,bread and buns which are
sometimes make the beggars grumble or turn away their begging bowls.
If our economy grows further(ref Chidambaram optimism)there would not
be 50 or 100 rupee notes in the days to come.Mr.Ministers when they
say melas avialble for 100 rs,we may not be having those notes.
Beggars would be still be getting biscuits and breads. <

from:  T.S.Gopalakrishnan
Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 at 17:30 IST

This is another statement by great man .i just want to ask a question whether he use to take his meal in rupee one .
What he want to justify through his statement he should further elaborate because it may be helpfull to million of people living in delhi.
Its really disdainfull

from:  Bhupendra
Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 at 15:18 IST

Politicians can talk anything because they dont bother about fellow countrymen.

from:  N.Suresh
Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 at 14:48 IST

I can say our politicians are not practicals and talk all promises - no reality in their thinking - living in glass house - what else can one say about statement about food available for Rs. 1

from:  G Balu
Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 at 13:49 IST

If Farooq Abdullah has really said : “One can eat for Re.1, if desired. It depends on the common man how much they can afford and they have to manage in that only,” then I must say that this is the most insensitive, inhumane statement I have ever come across in my life.

from:  G.D Jasuja
Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 at 10:32 IST

Farooq Abdullah Sab…… can you show the guts to demonstrate anyone
getting a munch that is sufficient not as sumptuous food but just to
encumber hunger at Re.1.00?

If not can you just stop the wisecrack-remarks? How come the UPA govt.
tolerates this sort of obstinate position of a responsible minister
giving a chance to Opposition to plague? Sorry… govt. cannot shunt him
out of the celebrated position…… reminds on the Coalition compulsions!!!

from:  Madan Menon Thottasseri
Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 at 09:30 IST

Oh really ? then give these ministers rs one for one day and order them to take their meals and there family meals from this one rs only and that too for one month.
I am shocked to see the dumbness of our politicians.

from:  dhruv
Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 at 08:07 IST

What a ridiculous statement from a political leader ! Agreed, why not fix
his salary on that basis; No of members in the family plus servants, their
monthly meals at Re 1 twice per day and other benefits also on that basis,
to ensure he is well off - property earnings above that to be used for the
country education and uplift of the downtrodden;

from:  Radhik Hairam
Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 at 06:30 IST

I would deposit (12x3x30) into Raj Babbars account every month.
I live in Mumbai, He will have to ensure I get full three meals of the same food he eats. But condition being I get the same food he gets.
Let these politicians prove what they are saying!!!

from:  Rohit Khanna
Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 at 01:14 IST

I feel pitty . how stupid are our ministers...

from:  Vishwanatha
Posted on: Jul 27, 2013 at 00:42 IST

That is bit of a tall claim, with all due respect, in colloquial Tamil
they say "Enda kaalatla irrukenga ?", in Hindi / Urdu "Kis zamaaney pey
zinda reheyn aap ?", and in English " Which era are you living in ?"

The month of Ramadhan teaches us to fast, primarily to have fellowship
with those who find it tough going to have one square meal a day. Sir,
we have to be aware of the ground realities.

from:  Ganapati Krishnan
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 23:07 IST

I wish hon.minister be given just 3rs a day and see how well he survives
for that amount. He might be in a better position to guide us poor
innocent souls to the austere meal options!

from:  Gayathri
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 23:04 IST

Maybe Mr Abdulla and Mr Babbar need to live on 1 Rupee a day and then see if he survives..These people in power are completely out of touch and very arrogant.

from:  Vida
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 21:21 IST

Mr farooq Abdullah never felt poverty.It is easy for a person to comment on that topic which he never felt.The statement of our leaders are look ideal which is away from reality.

from:  tarseem raina
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 21:19 IST

Oh boy, I didn't know that! Tell me the name of the shop- quick!

from:  Shadab Alam
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 21:11 IST

Let this Minister live on Rs.30/- for a month and show the world what it

from:  Jayendra
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 20:45 IST

1 Rupee? Which world is he living in? What can one possible get for 1 Rupee except a toffee? Then we can ask all these politicians to get 1 Rupee per day as salary. Will they accept that? It is so frustrating to see this corrupt lot asking others to live on little. Why is the Hindu not giving an editorial for such things?

from:  Nitya
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 20:19 IST

Our ministers seem to think that a chewing gum is equivalent to a
wholesome meal. That explains malnutrition in the country.

from:  kaustuv
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 19:39 IST

Why dont you try eating with Rupees 1 every day every meal for a month
and then comment?

from:  Pradip
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 19:35 IST

What the minister said may be true, but the context of discussion is not
it. The topic is NOT Snacks, but eating to survive.

from:  Gowri Shankar
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 19:03 IST

ask these ministers to get off the ministry .. stand in any street of Delhi or Mumbai and let them feed themselves with 1,5,or 12 rupees. These are examples of ministers we have elected.

from:  Dhiraj Dhungel
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 18:57 IST

Rupee 1 or Rupee 12 is just a nonesence.There is minimum requirement for each and every eligible person. This calculation is made from the expert data. For example in Norway, a needy person is paid around 800 us dollars only for food. House rent, clothes, local bus expenses etc. are not included. In India politician are so merciless that they forgot what humen being is in reality. They only know how to rob the country.

from:  Satindra Paul Singh
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 18:17 IST

Irrespective of the data known to the politicians about the food item
price even during the age of information technology, i assume that they
must take retirement as soon as possible from the Indian democracy.

from:  Ashutosh Kumar
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 18:17 IST

Really in a dilemma if I need to vote again and live in this country.

from:  Vivek
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 18:16 IST

Sure you can eat for 1 Rupee. But is it enough to sustain life? Will
it match the minimum requirements in terms nutrition, caloric, hygiene
etc for sustenance, to live & work for another day.

Our politicians are living in an Ivory Tower and suggesting that the
"People Eat cake".

from:  kumar
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 18:15 IST

Why don't honorable Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq
Abdullah go out with just one rupee in the quest of one full meal and
see for himself if he succeeds in getting one.Why are these politicians
from congress clan engaged in making mockery of poor by giving such
irresponsible statements . This shows how much they are keeping track of
the grass root reality with respect to poor and their needs.

from:  Ankit Trivedi
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:59 IST

We all have to become Jesus and say 'forgive them Father, they know not
what they speak". It is fate of the people of the nation to suffer such

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:44 IST

The truth is poverty has increased, but citizens below poverty line are
living not ONLY because of either government subsidies or rich people;
but because of generous salaried middle class people who either donate
or give debt or get small works done by them and pay... There are more
poor people who do not avail the government's benefit due to hijacking
of the intended resources than people who avail the benefits most of
whom are not actually eligible for it... Long live Poor Implementation
of the Benefit Programs... In some years, there will be more Benefit
Programs than the number of actual poor people in our country.

from:  Kannan
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:30 IST

Please make these MP's understand that rice and dal or subzi doesn't come under royality.....come out of your AC rooms and feel the heat of common people.....then tell us what are basic necessities and how much calorie are need in a day by spending how much money.

from:  varun pandhi
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:25 IST

Yes.One has not to incur even a single ruppe.One can go to any gurdwara all over India,join the langar and have free meal or one can go to Bhandaras and get free meal.In this month of Shravan in North India's many parts one can join kanwaria troops and get meals free of cost all the way. Depends as Abdulla saheb rightly says how best a hungry man with no money is able to manage his shame.

from:  yayaavar
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:22 IST

Please send this Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq
Abdullah to Jail for Mocking the poor... How do they administer? When
they do not know the value of Rupee? Bigger Fools are citizens who
elect these Insensitive People.

from:  Kannan
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:22 IST

Good remarks, PM manmohan Singh and his council of ministers are requested to take 30/31 rupees as Salary per month.

from:  Sushanta
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:21 IST

This is the worst comment given by a politician.
Now a days we cannot get a choclate for Rs.1
How is it possible to get a meal for rs 1.
Even you cannot get a water packet for Rs.1 now adays.
I hope these guys should wake from sleep and they should know the

from:  karthik
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:21 IST

So according to the with Rs.90 a man could have 3 meals a day for a month. But, the reality was even a Rs.90 meal was only a limited meals and not unlimited in these days.

from:  Sriganesh
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:21 IST

The rates these leaders and ministers are quoting doesn't exist in the real world outside parliament. Even the highly subsidized food (Subsidy to the tune of crores every year) available in the Parliament's canteen costs more than what they are mentioning.

from:  Azhar
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:21 IST

To be in the position of a Union minister and make remarks such as this,
either he is completely oblivious to what's happening in the country or
he doesn't care.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:20 IST

Well, coming to the happening controversy, one can even eat without
money. Go to any Gurudwara and they are always generous enough to let
you eat bellyfull... but the guys need money just to say so...

from:  Jatin Bansal
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:20 IST

Why Rs 1? Everyone can eat for free if we rob others.

from:  shekhar kalita
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:19 IST

Im wondering why these political leaders debating that one can/cannot
have full meal for Re.1, Rs.5 Rs.12. Aren't they supposed to be talking
about "100,000 is the Per capita income in New Delhi, 1,20,000 in

Give way for people to earn. Don't try to compromise the fact by
releasing imaginary statements.

from:  Arundev
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:18 IST

in mumbai vadapaav cost Rs 10 than how Mr Raj Babbar said that one can
have a full meal for Rs12 in Mumbai
come to my place and show me full meal for Rs 12

from:  Riyaz Jaria
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:11 IST

Shame on these leaders

from:  Jayesh Sharma
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:08 IST

Hi Mr.Farooq Abdullah,

Please guide indians what else we can buy with Re.1. Do you think we are uneducated people who don't know value of one rupee.

from:  Jagan Yalla
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:06 IST

Since Mr Farooq is Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy. Please dont tell me he tell indian Nation to use foods which are renewable... it saves economy...

from:  Mohsin Pervez
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:05 IST

If one can have full meal for Re.1/- then we can go for one practical experiment. We can just give Rs.6/- to those politicians who are telling this comment. And ask them to live for just two days by taking food for just Rs.1/-
Are they ready for the experiment ??

from:  Dhinesh
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 17:04 IST

Re 1 per grain.. true Sir!!

from:  Sourabh
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 16:55 IST

Another mockery at the plight of a common man. US are scared of aliens destructing our human race, if it is true then we Indians would be the happiest living beings on this earth waiting for aliens arrival!!!

from:  Nithyanandan
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 16:47 IST

Kindly dont fight on all these. Please tell how many Indians below poverty line, get to eat proper food and drink good water, whether its Rs.1, Rs.5 doesnt matter...

from:  Ashok Ayyappa
Posted on: Jul 26, 2013 at 16:43 IST
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