This has triggered a cut in monthly grain quota for card holders with a family size of three units and above

Bharatiya Janata Party State unit president Pralhad Joshi on Thursday accused the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre of reducing the quantum of allocation of foodgrains under the Pubic Distribution System to Karnataka from April to torment the BJP government just when the State is set to face the Assembly polls.

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Addressing a press conference in Bangalore, he alleged that the Centre had not released 10,000 metric tonnes of rice and 8,320 metric tonnes of wheat scheduled to be given to BPL card holders coming under additional category.

Similarly, 28,832 metric tonnes of rice and 2,709 metric tonnes of wheat that was meant for APL card holders coming under additional category had not been released for April.

This had forced the State to reduce the quota of foodgrains to both the BPL and APL card holders with a family size of three units and more, he said.

Though Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath had written separate letters to Union PDS minister and Food Secretary separately drawing their attention on the discrepancies in allocation of foodgrains, the Centre had only said the problem would be rectified in a few weeks from now.

“This would mean that the problem would be rectified only after the Assembly polls scheduled on May 5,” he said and wondered why the Centre should snatch the foodgrains from the plates of poor people just to gain poll benefits.

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