BENGALURU: Deputy chief minister G Parameshwara on Wednesday asked bureaucrats to re-examine the number of families thought to be living below poverty line (BPL). He appeared surprised by high figures, saying they were “surreal”. According to the food and civil supplies department, out of the over 1.3 crore households in the state, 1 crore families come under the BPL bracket.“Can we believe this? We claim that Karnataka is a progressive state, but the numbers are unbelievable. We should relook at these numbers,” Parameshwara told senior bureaucrats. Food and civil supplies minister B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan said the figures would be re-examined at the earliest. But with large parts of Karnataka facing a drought or acute water shortages, the government might wait for a few months before undertaking the exercise. Meanwhile, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday reviewed various departments’ work at grassroots level. He instructed deputy commissioners and zilla panchayat chief executive officers to take a stock of the drinking water situation and availability of fodder for cattle, and to ensure that land conversion problems didn’t put off investors. Deputy commissioners were asked to proactively clear land conversion files without any delay. In other directions, he said trees should be planted in compounds of government offices across the state and adequate land must be allocated for schools, playgrounds and burial grounds.