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They are homeless yet reside in a palace

Last updated on: February 17, 2011 11:33 IST

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Now here is an initiative that can be imbibed in India. Or would it be?

Venezuela President Hugo Chavez's government has literally opened its doors to the homeless -- and scores of them have taken residence in the architecturally prized 'Casa Amarilla', a former presidential home and now Foreign Ministry headquarters.

In a move critics say is crass populism but supporters hail as evidence of profound humanism, the socialist Chavez has exhorted all his ministries and military to throw open their doors for victims of last year's floods.

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Image: Refugee boys play at the courtyard of the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Caracas
Photographs: Jorge Silva/reuters
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