Min Umesh Katti makes a U-turn on BPL cards


PTI, Feb 16, 2021, 3:27 PM IST

Bengaluru: A day after his statement on Below Poverty Line ration cardholders sparked a row, Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Minister Umesh Katti on Tuesday made a U-turn, saying there were no definite parameters for BPL and APL card holders over availing benefits.

The minister emphasised that the BJP government in Karnataka headed by B S Yediyurappa was pro-poor and was committed to distributing more BPL cards.

It will continue to give free foodgrains such as Ragi, corn and rice, he added. Having come under attack from the Congress and the JD(S), Katti told reporters here there were no definite parameters for BPL and APL (Above Poverty Line) and there was no need for anyone to worry as the government has not issued any statement in this regard.

Retracting from his previous statement, the minister said, “I had only shared the information from Delhi with media. Neither those parameters (motorcycle, TV, fridge and land) were mine, nor the Chief Minister has given any such orders. I am not an irresponsible minister.” However, he did not elaborate.

Stating that his statement did not pertain to the BPL cardholders, he said further confusion on the matter was uncalled for.

“I have not issued any order without consulting the Chief Minister. BPLs are BPLs and APLs are APLs,” he said.

Katti had on Monday said in Belagavi that those owning components such as motorcycle, TV, fridge and five acres of land are not entitled to hold a BPL card and they have to surrender them to the government by March 31, or else the government will take action.

The opposition Congress and the JD(S) had come down heavily on Katti and the BJP government calling it anti-poor and anti-people.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Hubbali: I’m ready to sacrifice my constituency for Siddaramaiah, says Santosh Lad

Don’t ‘Wait Until Dark’: India’s visually impaired cricketers long for love and respect

Karkala: More than 100 medieval cannonballs found at construction site

India’s Covid infection tally rises by 226, active caseload declines to 4,529

Special trains between Mangaluru-Mumbai from Dec 9

T20 leagues popping up faster than weeds, programme headed for implosion: Chappell

Rajasthan Cong fully united, focused on making Bharat Jodo Yatra historic in state: Pilot


Related Articles More

‘Operation Kamala’: Community leaders in Sagar, Shivamogga join BJP

Hubbali: I’m ready to sacrifice my constituency for Siddaramaiah, says Santosh Lad

Karkala: More than 100 medieval cannonballs found at construction site

Special trains between Mangaluru-Mumbai from Dec 9

Subrahmanya: 19-yo vendor accuses constable of assault, extortion; case filed

MUST WATCH

How to become flipper

Bannur Sheep Breed Information | Uv

This rare jackfruit tree Sidddu Halasu

Oxygen Concentrator

Deepotsava at Shri Durga Adishakti temple


Latest Additions

‘Operation Kamala’: Community leaders in Sagar, Shivamogga join BJP

Hubbali: I’m ready to sacrifice my constituency for Siddaramaiah, says Santosh Lad

Mainpuri bypoll: Family members of Mulayam Yadav’s ‘gurus’ campaign for Dimple Yadav, say she will romp home

Fully united, says Sachin Pilot days after Gehlot’s criticism

Don’t ‘Wait Until Dark’: India’s visually impaired cricketers long for love and respect

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.