The Karnataka authorities on Monday requested individuals possessing Below Poverty Line (BPL) ration cards, regardless of being ineligible on account of proudly owning both a two wheeeler, TV, fridge or over 5 acres of land, to surrender them earlier than March 31 or face authorized motion.
“There are parameters for possessing a BPL card. They mustn’t have greater than 5 acres of land, motorbike, TV or fridge.
Those who do not qualify on these parameters ought to return the cards or else we’ll do it,” Food and Civil Supplies Minister Umesh Katti mentioned at a press convention in Belagavi. He mentioned anybody incomes greater than Rs 1.20 lakh yearly mustn’t use BPL cards and has to return it earlier than March 31.
Congress flayed the remarks and get together staff staged protests in entrance of assorted ration retailers in Bengaluru. Party staff additionally protested in Dharwad, Mysuru and Tumakuru, a Congress chief mentioned.
Congress MLA U T Khader mentioned the problem had come up earlier than him when he was the Food and Civil Supplies Minister within the Siddaramaiah authorities and he had determined to not calm down the norms as many poor individuals could be affected. He opined that when there are provides like curiosity free loans to buy all these things, it was apparent that individuals would purchase it.
The authorities is ‘anti-poor’, he charged and requested them to concentrate on figuring out extra beneficiaries as a substitute of ‘snatching away’ their BPL cards.
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