Renowned food policy analyst Devinder Sharma compared the UPA government with French queen Mary Antoinette for its free mobile plan for BPL families. Notably the queen had supposedly said that if people can't eat bread, let them eat cake.
“This is a classic example of a mindset that has gone insane. In a country where 320 million people go to bed hungry, where more people die from diseases and squalor than anywhere in the world, the economic justification of gifting mobile phones reminds me of the French queen Mary Antoinette who said if people can't eat bread, let therm eat cake. What a disgrace,” posted Devinder Sharma on Facebook.
On social networking platforms people are also using the cruel quote of the French Queen to criticize the UPA government.
The scheme if rolled out will cost a whopping Rs. 7000 crores to the exchequer. Fifty percent of the cost will come from telecom department's Universal Service Obligation (USO) funds and rest of the cost will be borne by the bidder who gets the right to provide services.
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