December 9, 2022
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Arvind Kejriwal has stated it’s unsuitable to cease the ration scheme in the course of the Covid pandemic. File

New Delhi:

The AAP authorities has despatched a file on doorstep supply of ration to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, making a contemporary bid to get his approval for the scheme, in response to a press release from the Delhi Chief Minister’s Office on Thursday.

Earlier this month, the Arvind Kejriwal authorities had claimed that the scheme was rejected by the Lieutenant Governor, contending that the Centre’s approval was not searched for it and there was a pending case within the courtroom.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has once more despatched the file to the Lieutenant Governor and stated that it was in response to the legislation and the objections raised by the Centre earlier have been addressed, the assertion stated.

Mr Kejriwal has burdened that the Centre’s instructions have been adopted and claimed that it was unsuitable to “stop” the scheme in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, it stated.

“The chief minister has said that he studied the note of the Lieutenant Governor in which there appears to be a serious misunderstanding. The immediate matter before the LG is not the approval of the doorstep delivery scheme of ration. This plan has already been finalised,” the assertion stated.

Mr Kejriwal has maintained that the Lieutenant Governor’s competition that the matter is shipped to the Central authorities doesn’t appear proper, in response to the assertion from the CMO.

“The approval of the Central government is neither mandatory nor necessary. The Delhi government has only implemented the orders of the Centre and has been, from time to time, informing and seeking its assistance about the implementation of the scheme through several letters,” it stated.

After receiving the Lieutenant Governor’s opinion, the Delhi authorities wrote to the Centre on June 15, informing that it has cleared all their objections by the use of a Cabinet resolution on March 24.

“The Kejriwal government plans to implement an order by the central government on February 1, 2018, in which all states and UT governments have been directed to ensure home delivery of ration to senior citizens, differently-abled, and pregnant women,” the CMO assertion stated.

It stated that in accordance with the directions of the Centre, preparations are being made for residence supply of ration and burdened that honest worth outlets will live on.

“However, the Delhi government has gone a step ahead and implemented a doorstep delivery scheme for all its citizens benefitting pregnant women, disabled citizens, and senior citizens as well. Under this scheme, every citizen will be given an option whereby they can take ration either through FPS or home delivery,” the assertion stated.

“The LG was informed about the Delhi cabinet’s decision on doorstep delivery of ration four times in the last three years and he never opposed it. In February, a notification to implement this scheme was issued and even then the L-G did not oppose it,” it stated.

The CMO assertion burdened that the doorstep supply scheme is totally beneath the purview of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and there shouldn’t be any concern relating to its implementation.

“Under Section 24(2)(b) of the NFSA, it is the responsibility of state governments to ensure proper distribution of ration. They are also empowered under section 12(1) to reform the Targeted Public Distribution System, including the introduction of new schemes to ensure that ration reaches eligible beneficiaries properly,” it identified.

“It is also clear from the order dated February 1, 2018, of the Central government that the doorstep delivery scheme secures the entitlement of the beneficiaries. In addition, Section 3(3) of the Act also explicitly permits the state governments to provide wheat flour in lieu of grains as per the guidelines of the Central government.”

Odisha and Andhra Pradesh have already modelled doorstep supply, whereas residence supply of ration has been began in Haryana’s Faridabad. Also, flour is being distributed in Ambala and Karnal, the assertion added.

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