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Delhi Cabinet clears doorstep delivery of monthly ration

NEW DELHI: Delhi Cabinet approved doorstep delivery of monthly ration supplies to beneficiaries. Wheat and rice will be packaged and supplied to households. If LG approves it, tenders will be floated in a month's time. Addressing mediapersons here, Sisodia said the decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting and that the delivery would be done by a private company. The proposal will now be sent to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for his approval and then a tender will be floated for hiring the private company for delivery.
The Deputy Chief Minister also urged the Lieutenant-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".
In the last Cabinet Meeting, Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash failed to submit a Proposal for Doorstep Delivery of Ration in Delhi but in absence of Delhi Food and Civil Supply's Principal Commissioner, the Chief Secretary on Monday put up the proposal of doorstep-delivery of ration through packets. "Delhi government is committed to ensuring that eligible beneficiaries receive their due ration in a transparent manner with maximum ease," said Sisodia.
Aadhar based identification of ration holders was one such reform, which has faced teething problems resulting in ration beneficiaries facing unforeseen trouble. Given this experience, doorstep delivery of ration is aimed at removing the problems faced by ration beneficiaries. The attention of the Cabinet was also drawn to the extant laws/rules and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs Government of India, asking state governments to ensure home delivery of ration to the beneficiaries experiencing difficulty in getting their entitled quantum of subsidized foodgrain due to old age, physical disability, etc.
"Delhi govt is committed to root out corruption in PDS system and implement doorstep delivery of rations despite stiff resistance from bureaucracy and opposition parties," said Sisodia
"The proposal is aimed at providing a higher level of transparency in delivery system through inbuilt online monitoring system which will weed out corruption and diversion of food grains. It will save time and resources of ration beneficiaries of Delhi," said Delhi Cabinet Minister.
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.
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