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Minister Does Flip-Flop, Says No Need To Surrender BPL Cards

Bengaluru, February 16: Umesh Katti, Food and Civil Supplies Minister, said on Tuesday that there were no definite parameters for either BPL or APL card holders to avail of benefits by the government.

He had said on Monday that people owning two-wheelers, television, fridges and land more than five acres had to surrender their BPL cards by March 31. His statement had raised a row, with former Food and Civil Supplies Minister U T Khader saying that the current government was working against the poor.

The minister, addressing the press on Tuesday, stressed that the Karnataka government was pro-poor. The government had plans to distribute more BPL cards and would continue to give free food grains, including ragi, corn and rice to the poor, he said and added that people need not worry as the government had not given any statement on the matter.

Commenting on his earlier statement, Katti said that he had merely given the information from New Delhi. Neither the state government nor he had set the parameters mentioned in the press meet on Monday.

He further clarified that his statement was not regarding BPL card holders and people need not have any confusion.

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