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Birds face 'saffronisation' in Rajasthan

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

The government is hanging water pots painted for thirsty birds to take a sip, opening itself to accusations that it is bent upon '

today launched the new campaign by installing the earthern pots at Jawahar Circle in the city.

She also opened a Kamal piao, a drinking water kiosks for people that carries a banner with a picture of its election symbol - the 'kamal' or the lotus.

Assembly elections in the state are just months away.

The colour of the pots has raised eyebrows.

It is a good initiative by the government which will quench the thirst of birds and people. But unlike humans, birds don't recognise colour. So the motive is clear, animal activist said.

About a year back, the BJP-run government had begun distributing bicycles painted orange to schoolgirls in a bid to reduce the dropout rate.

The had then termed it an attempt to saffronise" education.

Health Minister said the plan to set up 'piaos' for birds and people will be extended from to the entire state very soon.

said pots and 'piaos' will come up in 91 wards of the city. He refused to comment on the colour of the pots.

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First Published: Fri, May 11 2018. 20:35 IST