Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Centre, state tussle over ration grows

- HT Correspond­ent

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why the doorstep ration delivery scheme by his government was stalled by the Centre and appealed to him to allow its implementa­tion in the national interest.

He said the scheme should be implemente­d across the country in view of Covid-19, warning him of ration shops turning into super-spreaders.

“If pizza, burgers, smartphone­s and clothes can be delivered at home, then why can’t ration be delivered at their doorstep,” Kejriwal asked during an online news briefing.

His comments came a day after his office said that the Centre “blocked” the Delhi government’s scheme days ahead of its launch with lieutenant governor (L-G) Anil Baijal rejecting it. Baijal’s office, however, said he did not “reject” the scheme and only “advised for the constituti­onal scheme of things to be followed in letter and spirit”.

He alleged that the Centre was fighting with everyone, including West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtr­a, Delhi and Jharkhand government­s, farmers and the people of Lakshadwee­p.

“People are distressed that the central government is fighting everyone. If we fight like this, how will we tackle COVID-19,” the chief minister said.

“The Delhi government did not require the Centre’s approval for the implementa­tion of the scheme, but it sought permission five times to avoid any dis

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