Poor in Delhi may soon get ration at their doorstep

7th Mar 2018
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Delhi Cabinet approves proposal to deliver ration in packets at the houses of beneficiaries, says Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. 

Source: IRIN

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has said the Delhi Cabinet has approved a proposal to deliver ration in packets to the houses of the poor and that the home delivery, under the Targeted Public Distribution System, will be done by a private company. The proposal will now be sent to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for his approval and a tender will then be floated to hire the private company.

The Deputy Chief Minister also urged the Lt Governor to approve the scheme as soon as possible and added that people with vested interests had tried to stop the scheme even through a "Cabinet note".

The Cabinet approved the Department of Food, Supply and Consumer Affairs proposal for providing doorstep delivery of wheat/atta, rice and sugar for eligible beneficiaries of Targeted Public Distribution System under National Food Security Act 2013, an official statement said.

The statement said that the project for doorstep delivery of food grains is aimed at reforming the Targeted PDS in public interest.

The Delhi Government is committed to ensure that eligible beneficiaries receive their due ration in a transparent manner with maximum ease, it said.

The government had earlier introduced Aadhaar-based identification of ration holders, but this was marred with various problems.

"Given this experience, doorstep delivery of ration is aimed at removing the problems faced by ration beneficiaries," the statement said.

Last week, Sisodia had alleged that Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash and other officers were working under the influence of the ration mafia. He had also said that senior officers were trying to block doorstep delivery of ration as it would put an end to the ration mafia.

(With inputs from IANS)

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