Kejriwal’s fresh bid to get L-G nod for doorstep ration scheme

Arvind Kejriwal.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday resent the file of the home delivery scheme of ration to the Lieutenant-Governor for approval. He also responded to the objections raised saying that the scheme was in accordance with the law and was being implemented to follow the orders of the Central government.

‘Wrong to halt scheme’

Mr. Kejriwal said that it is wrong to halt this scheme during the COVID-19 pandemic as with its implementation, crowding at ration shops could be avoided and added that the L-G was informed about the Cabinet’s decision regarding the doorstep delivery scheme of ration four times in the last three years. hHwever, he never opposed it. He questioned why the scheme was suddenly being stopped when the plan had already been approved.

Mr. Kejriwal said that the request of the L-G to send the matter to the Central government for approval does not seem right as the approval of the Central government is neither mandatory nor necessary.

“The Delhi government has only implemented the orders of the Central government. In addition, the Delhi government has been, from time to time, informing and seeking assistance from the Centre regarding the implementation of the doorstep delivery scheme through several letters,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

He added that the only objection received from the Central government was to remove the name of ‘Chief Minister’ from this scheme which the Delhi government immediately accepted.

In reference to a petition filed in the Delhi High Court by an association of ration shopkeepers seeking a stay on the scheme, the Chief Minister said that the matter has already been heard five times and the High Court has refused to grant a stay on the same. “The Central government has also filed its affidavit in this matter and has not mentioned anywhere in its affidavit that the said scheme of the Delhi government needs approval from the Central government. When the Central government does not feel that their approval is required, the request of the L-G to refer the matter to them does not seem right,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

He further asked that if a State government wants to give the benefit of home delivery to its entire population, then why should the Central government object especially when after its implementation, the problem of ration theft, adulteration, and black marketing, etc. will end.

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