In yet another decision that may trigger another tug of war between Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Delhi government, the former today rejected latter’s proposal for doorstep delivery of ration.
Earlier this month, the Delhi Cabinet had approved the proposal for delivering rations in sealed packets at the doorstep to Public Distribution System (PDS) beneficiaries.
Immediately after LG’s rejection, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to alleged that the "important" measure had fallen victim to "petty politics".
Kejriwal said that he had repeatedly requested the L-G to give him an audience before taking a decision but the Lt Governor did not do so.
"V sad that Hon'ble LG has rejected doorstep delivery of ration scheme. I had repeatedly requested him to give me an audience before taking a decision but he did not (sic). Feeling really really sad that such imp proposals are becoming victims of petty politics," the CM’s tweet reads.
V sad that Hon’ble LG has rejected doorstep delivery of ration scheme. I had repeatedly requested him to give me an audience before taking a decision but he did not. Feeling really really sad that such imp proposals are becoming victims of petty politics.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 21, 2018
The proposal advocates providing doorstep delivery of wheat/flour, rice and sugar for eligible beneficiaries.
According to a government official, there are around 72 lakh PDS beneficiaries in the city.
After the Cabinet's decision, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said that attempts were made to put roadblocks in the passage of the scheme, adding that he would request the L-G to consider it keeping in mind the poor residents of Delhi and pass it.
"Theft of ration, poor quality of supplies and shops remaining closed were the major issues that residents were facing and the implementation of this new scheme would put an end to these harassments," Sisodia had said.
With PTI Inputs