The ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday claimed that the Center has once again denied permission to the Delhi government to implement the scheme for distribution of ration based on complaints from ration shopkeepers.
AAP’s chief spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj alleged that it was clearly a case of collusion between the BJP and the ration mafia.
The BJP said that neither the party nor the Center has any problem with the Delhi government’s plan if it can make arrangements for its rations.
After the Delhi High Court last week allowed the government to implement it conditionally, the AAP government on Tuesday sent the file on door-to-door ration distribution scheme to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for the third time for his approval.
Government sources said the Center has sent a letter to the Food and Supplies Department of the Delhi government asking it to “not go ahead” with the plan.
“The BJP-led central government has written a letter to the Kejriwal government saying that they will not allow the Delhi government to do doorstep delivery of the ration scheme.
“The letter has come after the Delhi Government Ration Dealers Association submitted a memorandum against the scheme to the Delhi LG,” the AAP alleged.
The Union Ministry of Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, in a letter to the Department of Food and Supplies, Government of Delhi, stated that “The proposal under consideration for Home Delivery (Ration Key) with the Government of Delhi does not meet the criteria of NFSA ( National Food Security Act) and hence the Government of India does not allow it”, it said.
“It is noteworthy that the High Court refused to accept these submissions,” it added.
AAP spokesperson Bhardwaj said, “The BJP-led central government has stopped the doorstep delivery of the ration scheme to the Delhi government despite the clear orders of the High Court. Isn’t this contempt of court?”
In its order, the high court had directed the Delhi government to issue communication to all fair price shop dealers informing them about the details of ration card holders who opted to receive ration at their doorstep. Is.
The court had held that only then the dealers of fair price shops were not required to supply ration to the PDS beneficiaries who had opted for doorstep delivery.
Mr. Bhardwaj alleged that it was a clear case of collusion between the BJP and the ration mafia.
He claimed, “This indicates a clear nexus between the BJP and the ration mafia. AAP is trying its best to eliminate the ration mafia and give ration to the people with respect and honesty, but the BJP does not want this to happen.” Be.”
He said that with this scheme of Delhi government, theft of ration and oppression of the poor will also stop.
Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor hit back saying that neither the BJP nor the Center has any problem with the door-to-door ration distribution scheme of the Delhi government if it can arrange its own ration.
“NFSA quota is for distribution of ration through fair price shops and it is a nationwide policy. Before making a lengthy statement, AAP leader Saurabh Bhardwaj should know that the Delhi High Court had also said that the government was going door-to-door. The ration scheme can be started, but it should never stop the distribution of ration through fair price shops, he said.
The Kejriwal government has been at loggerheads with the LG and the Center over the implementation of its ambitious scheme, initially named ‘Mukhyamantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana’, for a long time.
The Delhi government had made all preparations to launch the scheme on March 25, but the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs said that the foodgrains allocated by the Center for distribution under NFSA should not be used for running state-specific or any other can be done. Any other scheme by any name.
Considering the objection, the Delhi government dropped the word ‘Chief Minister’ from the name of the scheme and decided to implement it under the existing NFSA Act, 2013.
However, the plan file sent to the LG failed to get his approval.