What is Delhi govt’s doorstep ration delivery scheme?: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in his press conference questioned, If burgers, pizzas, smartphones, and clothes can be delivered at home then why can’t ration be delivered at their doorstep?
Yes, the whole idea of the Delhi Ration Doorstep Delivery scheme, which the AAP government is trying to implement in the national capital, is the same as, ordering pizzas, burgers, daily groceries, etc. However, this has a blend of weighty political drama to it!
The Delhi Ration doorstep delivery scheme which was to be launched in March this year is a nameless scheme over which the centre and Delhi government are disparaging each other. Earlier known as Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was forced to drop the ‘Mukhya Mantri’ from the name after BJP-ruled Centre objected to it.
So what is the Delhi Ration Doorstep Delivery scheme:
The easiest way to describe the scheme is that the food that ration cardholders get from the government-designated vendors at subsidised prices would be directly delivered at home.
However, there are a lot of intricacies to this …
Kejriwal’s scheme broadly has two parts: procuring and distributing…
So first up, from where will the CM procure the foodgrains?
The Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation limited will select some millers who will pick foodgrains from 6 godowns of the Food Corporation of India that falls under the ambit of centre. After which, the foodgrains will be processed.
Without this scheme, ration holders directly collect their ‘unprocessed’ ration from the appointed fair price shops.
Delhi Consumer’s Co-operative Wholesale Store Limited that runs the fair price shops would bring in private agencies for direct delivery of processed foodgrains at the same subsidised prices. However, the ration cardholders will have to bear an ‘uncertain’ additional charge of the processing of the foodgrains.
Just like Groffers, Big Basket, this scheme too shall bring in the ease of deciding the quantity of ration. As per the scheme, the ration holder can either order their monthly ration in one go or in installments.
Each time, at the consumer’s doorstep, the ration cardholder will have to take a biometric verification before delivery.
So where is the issue?
The Centre has turned down Delhi’s request for approval of their flagship scheme for the third time now. Every time the centre has stated different issues with the implementation of the scheme.