New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister on Sunday accused the central government of taking the step to block its plan to launch doorstep delivery of rations under the “influence” of the ration mafia. He said that this step has ensured that the “pro-poor and revolutionary scheme” does not get implemented in the national capital.
Pointing out at the Centre, Mr. Kejriwal asked that just two days before the ‘Doorstep Delivery of Ration’ scheme’s implementation in Delhi, why did the central government stop it? Why can’t ration be delivered at doorsteps just as pizza, burgers, smartphones and clothes are getting delivered at home?
He said that it was the first time that a government was taking a step to check on the ration mafia but their (ration mafia) power got the scheme cancelled just a week ago of its implementation.
Addressing a digital press conference, Mr Kejriwal said that the Delhi government did not require the centre’s approval for the implementation of the scheme, but it sought permission five times to avoid any dispute.
As per the CM, the doorstep ration delivery scheme would have benefitted 72 lakh ration beneficiaries in the national capital.
He alleged that the centre was fighting with everyone, including the governments of West Bengal, Maharashtra, Delhi and Jharkhand governments, farmers and the people of Lakshadweep. If this continues, it is difficult to tackle Covid -19.
Mr. Kejriwal requested the centre to let him implement the scheme and full credits will be given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. With folded hands, he said that ration does not belong to any one party but people want to read that Modi Ji and Kejriwal helped deliver ration to the poor.
The implementation of the ration scheme has created another scuffle between the two sides of parties that share responsibilities in the national capital.
Earlier, it was claimed by the Delhi government on Saturday that the doorstep delivery of ration scheme has been rejected by the Lt. Governor, the reason being the centre’s approval was not sought and that litigation was pending in the high court regarding the same.
The Delhi government had initially planned to roll out the scheme in March to allow home delivery of ration to all cardholders of the capital.