New Delhi, 20/3 (AO Bureau)The deadlock has arisen just five days before Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal started the scheme to provide ration to the house. The Center on Friday asked the Delhi government not to implement the scheme, as it is not allowed to use food grains released on a subsidy basis under the National Food Security Act. Reacting to this, the Aam Aadmi Party has sought to know why the Center government is against ‘abolishing the ration mafia’ and termed the Centre’s decision as ‘unfortunate’ just a few days before the implementation of the scheme.
It is noteworthy that the Union Government introduced the Delhi National Capital Territory Government (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday, in which there is a provision to give more powers to the Lieutenant Governor. This has once again started a tussle between the Center and the Delhi government. On March 25, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was going to start the scheme by distributing ration to 100 houses in the Seemapuri area. In a letter to the Delhi government, S Jagannathan, joint secretary in the Union Food Ministry, said that the subsidized foodgrains allocated by the central government for distribution under the NFSA would be ‘run by a special scheme of a state or any other scheme with a different name or title. Can not be used in ”.
Did not take a penny from the center
It states that, however, if the Delhi government brings its own separate scheme and NFSA is not included in it, then the Center will have no objection to it. The official has cited a notification dated 20 February by the Delhi government, which is a state-specific scheme for delivery of Ghar Ghar rations under the PDS under the name of ‘Mukhyamantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana’ (MMGGRY). The AAP said that it is sad that the Central Government has asked the Delhi Government to stop the ‘Chief Minister house-to-house ration scheme’. Addressing a press conference, AAP’s chief spokesman Saurabh Bhardwaj said that the Delhi government has not taken a single penny from the Center to implement the social welfare scheme.