NDTV reports that the loss-making Patna Municipal Corporation has come up with a novel method to collect money, due from its citizens. On Wednesday the eunuchs forcefully entered houses and shops in the city with drums and loud music. Quite a few of those who had not paid their taxes were embarrassed into doing so.
TOI also reports “For, the eunuchs, as ‘agents’ of the government, were out on a mission — to collect municipal corporation dues from shopkeepers. Needless to say, the mission was accomplished. They collected cheques and cash amounting to Rs 4.25 lakh from the defaulters in different localities on Wednesday alone.
In a flash, perhaps, they did what the army of tax collectors could not do in months. “Tax jama karo. Hum sarkar ki taraf se bol rahe hain. Ghar-darwaza neelam mat karao,” Pooja was yelling at the shopkeepers as other eunuchs danced and clapped. One eunuch said, “Our leader Kali Hijra was approached by the government and she drafted us for the job.”
“Beggars are great actors and very creative,” Vijay Prakash, Bihar’s welfare secretary said. “They always had the skills, but lacked direction which we are giving them and the experiments have so been very successful,” he added.