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Petitioning PMO Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, India
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Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, India

Create Public Toilets instead of giving free cellphones to poor families!

At a time when shamefully 50% of the Indian population has to defecate in public (Hindustan Times Report), more than 25% of world's hungry poor are in India (United Nations World Food Programme Report), and India is being called world's Hunger Capital (Deccan Herald Report), the honorable Indian Prime Minister is reportedly about to announce on this Independence day, the distribution of a free Mobile phone to every 'Below Poverty Line' family (reportedly costing around Rs. 7000 crores (~ USD 1.27 Billion). Shouldn't tax payers' money go to a better cause than giving free mobile phones to poor who lack even food, toilets and basic medical facilities? Half of it might be raised by Service provider itself, and some part of it might be funded by USO (Universal Service Obligation). 

Rural Development Minister, Jairam Ramesh has recently proposed a project to rid India of the scourge of open defecation and clean up rail system, described as world’s “largest open toilet” , the cost of which is around $130 million, much lesser than what would cost for providing cell phone to every family below poverty line. A part of the money could much better be spent here.

Moreover, for BPL families, meaning the people who according to Government's own policies don't even have an earning of more than Rs. 32/- per day per person, isn't a mobile phone going to add to their liability (after the first 'free' 200 minutes are over) rather than being an asset? There are high chances that they will just sell the phone for food/ medicines or other basic necessities.

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Letter to
PMO Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, India
I recently read an article in The Indian Express about your government plans to provide a cell phone to every BPL family. The program is likely to cost around Rs. 7000 crores.
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/upas-poll-signal-on-iday-a-phone-for-all-scheme/985182/

Though mobile phones are a modern accessory, India is seen down upon for it being the largest open defecation ground. Close to 50% of our population does not have access to toilets, while 63% of household already have access to telephone.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Half-of-Indian-popln-defecate-in-open-but-more-have-mobile/Article1-825089.aspx

We are aware that a part of it might be born by USO (Universal Service Obligation) and half of it by the Service provider itself, but even the remaining amount is a LOT of Tax payers' money.

The Rural Development Minister, Mr. Jairam Ramesh recently proposed a project to rid India of the scourge of open defecation and clean up rail system described as world’s “largest open toilet” , the cost of which is around $130 million, much lesser than what would cost for providing cell phone to every family below poverty line. A part of the money could much better be spent here.

http://news.yahoo.com/indian-rail-worlds-largest-open-toilet-113300599.html

Moreover, for BPL families, meaning the people who according to your own policies don't even have an earning of more than Rs. 32/- per day per person, isn't a mobile phone going to add to their liability (after the first 'free' 200 minutes are over) than being an asset? There are high chances that they will just sell the phone for food/medicines or other basic necessities.

I strongly believe reliving India of shame of open defecation would be much better compared to providing cell phones. I would like to humbly request you to consider installation of bio-toilets instead of cell phones as an Independence Day agenda. This shall not only create a lots of jobs, but help Indians lead a better and hygienic life, along with projecting a better image of our country in the whole world.


Sincerely,
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An Indian Citizen and a Potential Voter