Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)
Centre, state tussle over ration grows
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