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Kejriwal government again pitches for doorstep ration delivery scheme, wants it across India

New Delhi, June 6 (MNN) The Delhi government on Sunday again pitched its doorstep ration delivery system aimed at benefiting over 70 lakh lakh beneficiaries and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi if such a scheme was wrong. It also pitched for implementation of the scheme across India during the pandemic.

“Respected Prime Minister ji, we all request you with folded hands on behalf of 70 lakh poor people in Delhi to not stop the doorstep ration delivery scheme. Is giving the poor ration at their doorsteps wrong?” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted.

He also tagged along a short video clip of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who said that the ration mafia was very strong and that the people had fallen prey to this mafia for the last 75 years.

On Sunday, the AAP tweeted while quoting Kejriwal: “PM Modi, don’t stop this scheme. There should be no politics in any work done in national interest. The poor in this country have been made to stand in queues for 75 years. Don’t make them stand in queues for another 75 years, or else people will never forgive you.”

Kejriwal said it was a difficult time due to coronavirus pandemic. “There is a crowd at ration shops, and many people don’t venture out to buy ration due to fear of corona. These are poor people who don’t have food to eat. This scheme should be implemented not only in Delhi but across India.”

In the clip tagged by Sisodia, Kejriwal said: “Every month, ration is issued in the name of the poor, but it does not reach them.”

The Chief Minister said that he had raised his voice against the “ration mafia” 17 years ago when he was working for a NGO. He said that as a result, he and his colleagues were attacked seven times.

“I had made up my mind then that I will set right this system in future,” Kejriwal said, while pointing out that he did not know at that time that he would one day become the Chief Minister of Delhi.

The Delhi Cabinet had approval removal of name ‘Mukhyamantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana’ for the ration delivery scheme, to be implement under the existing National Food Security Act of 2013, but Lt Governor Anil Baijal rejected the government proposal to implement the scheme on the ground that the Indian government was yet to approve it and that a cases was going on in the matter in the Delhi High Court.

A body of Delhi PDS traders had challenge the proposed scheme.

“Mr Prime Minister, what kind of an arrangement do you have with the ration mafia that you had to stop the Kejriwal government’s ‘Ghar Ghar Ration Scheme’?” the Aam Aadmi Party had tweeted in the past.

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