H.D. Revanna, Janata Dal (Secular) leader, has criticised the State government for fixing a cap on the number of BPL cards by revising the criteria for eligibility.

Those who possess a motorbike with 100 CC horsepower or more are not eligible to get BPL cards. Those who pay above Rs. 450 a month as power charges too are not eligible.

Mr. Revanna told presspersons on Monday that the revised criteria were meant to drastically reduce the number of BPL cards.

“If the revised criteria are followed, 80 per cent of cardholders will lose their eligibility. They have fixed a cap on the number of card holders in urban areas to 50 per cent households and 70 per cent in rural areas,” he said.

“If a labourer buys a motorcycle to go to his workplace, he will not be eligible for a BPL card. Many in rural areas have purchased motorcycles through loans,” Mr. Revanna said.

He demanded that the State government either declare that it was facing a shortage of funds to provide rice to BPL cardholders under the Annabhagya scheme or withdraw the circulars fixing a cap on the number of BPL cards. Mr. Revanna alleged that Annabhagya scheme was launched only to woo voters ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.