Amid an ongoing tussle with the Centre, the Delhi authorities has just about placed on maintain its plan to implement a pilot run of the doorstep supply of ration scheme within the metropolis this month.
In an order issued on Thursday, the Delhi meals division directed truthful worth outlets to start out disbursing ration amongst beneficiaries for the month of June from Friday, together with in Seemapuri the place the federal government was planning to hold out the pilot run of the doorstep supply scheme.
The extra allocation made to every beneficiary underneath the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) may even start concurrently, stated the federal government order, a duplicate of which HT has seen.
A Delhi authorities spokesperson didn’t reply to requests by the reporter looking for remark.
While individuals are entitled to 4kg wheat, 1kg rice and 1kg sugar underneath common ration scheme within the Capital, they are going to get an extra 5kg meals grains underneath PMGKAY until Diwali, as introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 7.
While meals grains underneath PMGKAY are 100% subsidised, the Delhi authorities had introduced free common ration for the months of May and June.
Delhi has 1.78 million ration card holders which interprets to 7.2 million beneficiaries.
Last Saturday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stated Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has “rejected” the scheme citing lack of Centre’s approval and a pending case within the Delhi excessive court docket.
The L-G workplace, nonetheless, stated Baijal didn’t “reject” the scheme and solely “advised for the constitutional scheme of things to be followed in letter and spirit”.
This was the second time this yr that the scheme was stalled attributable to variations between the Delhi authorities and the Centre.
The scheme was to be launched on March 25, however the Union meals and customers affairs ministry wrote to the Delhi authorities on March 19 elevating two objections to the scheme — using the time period “mukhyamantri (chief minister)” for a scheme involving the distribution of meals grains allotted underneath the National Food Security Act (NFSA), and that any change within the supply mechanism within the NFSA requires an modification that may be achieved solely by the Parliament.
On Tuesday, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to approve the scheme within the “national interest”.
In his letter, Kejriwal assured the Prime Minister that the Delhi authorities was able to make no matter modifications the central authorities will counsel within the long-delayed scheme to ship ration on the doorsteps of the beneficiaries within the Capital.
He stated his authorities solely goals to offer ration to the poor and didn’t need any credit score for the implementation of the scheme.
The scheme was first authorised in March 2018 however couldn’t be applied due to administrative points, largely over authorised strategies to distribute ration underneath the NFSA.
It additionally led to a tussle between the elected authorities and lieutenant governor, resulting in an indication exterior the L-G’s workplace by the highest leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) authorities.
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