Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, today pleaded with the Centre not to obstruct efforts by his government to ensure that people receive their monthly rations at their doorsteps. His administration’s sole goal, he said, was to suppress the city’s mafia through this creative scheme. He said he didn’t want to take any credit for it. The Union government said subsidised foodgrain allocated to Delhi under the National Food Security Act could not be used for the state’s flagship strategy, which was set to be launched on March 25.
“I want to clarify to the Central government that we will not introduce any Delhi scheme for this. We will not call it any name – like Mukhyamantri Ration Yojana – We will not do that. Because we don’t want any credit for it,” Mr Kejriwal said today.
“We were a little disheartened with the Central government’s objection, but we have understood their issue with it. We just want the people to benefit and the ration mafia to be defeated. And for that we are willing to do whatever the Central government says. Like I said, we do not want any credit,” he again said.
The ration-at-doorstep programme was set to begin in the Seemapuri area of Shahdara district in northeast Delhi. The Chief Minister had stated in his Republic Day address that the effort would fundamentally change the public distribution model. The Targeted Public Distribution System was supposed to deliver packaged wheat flour, rice, and sugar.
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Joint Secretary S Jagannathan of the Food Ministry, on the other hand, wrote an open letter to the Delhi government saying, “The use of new nomenclature/scheme name for the distribution of National Food Security Act foodgrain by GNCTD is not permissible but this Department will have no objection if a separate scheme is made by the State Government without mixing elements of the National Food Security Act foodgrain.”
The scheme is operated by the central government, according to the Chief Minister, and will be continued as it is.
“We just want to add a facility to it and do not want any credit in return. So, we will agree to whatever terms and conditions they set..do as they want…remove any hindrances or obstacles in the way, just as long as we can provide this facility,” he said.