Get ra­tion at your doorstep

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The Delhi Cab­i­net on Tues­day ap­proved a pro­posal to de­liver ra­tion in pack­ets at the houses of ben­e­fi­cia­ries, Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia said. Ad­dress­ing me­dia per­sons here, Siso­dia said the de­ci­sion was taken in a Cab­i­net meet­ing and that the home de­liv­ery un­der 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 then a ten­der will be floated for hir­ing the pri­vate com­pany for de­liv­ery. 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 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. "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 it was marred by 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 doorstepde­liv­ery of ra­tion, as it would put an end to the ra­tion mafia.

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.

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