punjab: Center blocked ration plan in Delhi, but can’t stop in Punjab: Arvind Kejriwal | India News

NEW DELHI: On a day when Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann announced doorstep delivery of ration in Punjab so that the poor don’t have to stand in queues, AAP’s national convener and chief minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, said “no force on earth can stop an idea whose time has come. ”
Quoting the 19th century French writer, Victor Hugo, Kejriwal referred to his confrontation with the Center over implementing the scheme in Delhi, where it was incubated. He said they had made all the preparations to do so but the BJP-led central government “kept putting roadblocks” in their way.
Addressing a digital press conference, Kejriwal said the Center may have blocked the ‘Ghar Ghar Ration Yojna’ in Delhi but cannot do the same in Punjab. “AAP’s state government will deliver ration to the doorstep of every poor family and its ripple effect will echo all over India,” he said.
“The whole country will watch the scheme run successfully in Punjab and demand that it be implemented in every state,” he added.
He said his government’s flagship scheme of setting up mohalla clinics was stopped for two years, the project for installing CCTVs was stalled for three years and the files to build schools and hospitals too got stuck. “(But) we started building mohalla clinics in Delhi and the whole country followed in our footsteps. Whatever innovation we’re doing in Delhi is being followed countrywide, ”Kejriwal said.
Following a petition filed by Delhi Sarkari Ration Dealers Sangh challenging the Delhi government’s plan for doorstep delivery of ration, the Center had in November last year told the Delhi high court that the administration cannot change the architecture of National Food Security Act while implementing such a scheme. .
Earlier, the scheme which was targeted at 72 lakh poor beneficiaries had undergone a change of name – the prefix, Mukhyamantri was dropped to call it just Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana – but the LG’s office is known to have argued that since the proposal seeks to change The method of distribution, it would mandatorily require prior approval of the Center as per section 12 (2) (h) of the National Food Security Act 2013.
Kejriwal said it surprises him that even after 75 years of independence, people have to stand in long queues at fair price shops to get the monthly ration for their families while people can get fast food by making a phone call.
Launching the scheme in Punjab on Monday, Mann spoke on similar lines: “While the rich can order things from the comfort of their homes, poor people have to sometimes forgo their daily earnings to stand in long queues for hours. The state government has decided to launch doorstep delivery of ration. Ration in clean bags will be delivered and the staff will make a call before making the delivery. It will be an optional scheme, and those who find it convenient to collect ration from a nearby depot may opt out. ”
Emphasizing that there will be no compromise on the quality of grains, he said, “Flour and cereals delivered through this ration scheme will be of good quality, the same as what the rich eat.”
Punjab has 1.42 lakh beneficiaries under the National Food Safety Act to whom wheat at 5 kg per beneficiary per month is provided for six months at one go, twice a year. Mann also asked people to report to the government in case they get short-changed.

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