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Coronavirus Outbreak: Door-step Delivery Of Ration Is The Way Forward To Feed The Hungry And Maintain Social Distancing In Delhi

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the challenge is in the implementation of ‘social distancing’ specifically in human settlements like slums, resettlement colonies and JJ clusters in cities like Mumbai and Delhi

Coronavirus Outbreak: Door-step Delivery Of Ration Is The Way Forward To Feed The Hungry And Maintain Social Distancing In Delhi

New Delhi: The Corona outbreak introduced a new norm of ‘social distancing’ in our part of the world. The Prime Minister in his address reiterated the need to maintain ‘social distance’. The challenge is its implementation specifically in human settlements like slums, resettlement colonies and JJ clusters in cities like Mumbai and Delhi. It is to be noted that in February, much before corona made inroads in Delhi; a Times of India report stated that the AAP government has declared that it has a ready blueprint to initiate delivery of ration at the doorstep. The government in its previous term had the experience of rolling out doorstep delivery of several services – like caste, income certificates and driving license.

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As per Delhi government sources, there are around 72, 00,000 beneficiaries of Targeted Public Distribution System of which 17,00,000 are ration cardholders. Various media reports that time mentioned that the Food Department was giving final shape to the complete action plan. The Minister of Food and Civil Supplies was quoted as saying “this will go a long way in helping the poor and needy to obtain their ration under the National Food Security Act, 2013.”

Currently, the Delhi government has started serving food through 500 schools and 238 shelter homes and is claims to be reaching out to 4 lakh migrant population. But with the lockdown norms becoming stringent several communities across Delhi are not able to access these services.

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Rukaiya, from Seelampur, says that the community kitchen is at a distance and it is not practically possible to travel 2 kms both ways to get food from there. Similar concerns are heard from other community members in other settlements. Seema, from Janta Colony, says that the police patrol vehicle chases people away if they try to leave the gali or lane for even going to community toilet at a distance let alone getting to a long distance for food.

Although the Delhi government has taken a welcome step to increase the quantity of ration through fair price shops, for people living in slums, JJ Colonies, unauthorized colonies and clusters this means, stepping out of homes and standing in long queues. Ravi, a ration card holder from Sangam Vihar remarked that ‘now there will be more rush to hoard from community members and as people here do not understand and follow social distancing’’.

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At a time when social distancing is the key to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 the plan for door-step delivery of ration may act as a boon to not only keep the spread of disease at bay but also feed the hungry. If the government has a ready to implement plan, perhaps now is the time to test its feasibility on the ground.

Door-step delivery of ration was one of the 10-priorities of the AAP government. It will be useful to kick-off this process from one district and subsequently scale it up to other districts respectively.

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(Arvind Singh, Smita Khanijow, Jaya Singh, Mashkoor Alam and Mohd Salim are from Campaign Against Hunger And Malnutrition.)

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World

24,50,12,529Cases
20,64,25,824Active
3,36,14,434Recovered
49,72,271Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,50,12,529 and 49,72,271 have died; 20,64,25,824 are active cases and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,42,31,809 16,156Cases
1,60,9891,672Active
3,36,14,434 17,095Recovered
4,56,386 733Deaths
In India, there are 3,42,31,809 confirmed cases including 4,56,386 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,60,989 and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,06,536 1,485

23,096 3,500

64,43,342 4,947

1,40,098 38

Kerala

49,38,603 9,445

77,158 2,100

48,31,468 6,723

29,977 622

Karnataka

29,86,835 282

8,459 80

29,40,339 349

38,037 13

Tamil Nadu

26,98,493 1,075

12,288 252

26,50,145 1,315

36,060 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,64,854 567

4,777 122

20,45,713 437

14,364 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,114 13

100 6

16,87,115 7

22,899

West Bengal

15,89,042 976

7,973 124

15,61,973 837

19,096 15

Delhi

14,39,709 38

348 25

14,14,270 13

25,091

Odisha

10,39,818 549

4,392 213

10,27,108 334

8,318 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,926 28

263 14

9,92,088 12

13,575 2

Rajasthan

9,54,411 4

20 0

9,45,437 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,481 17

173 2

8,16,220 15

10,088

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,804 20

108 9

7,82,172 10

10,524 1

Haryana

7,71,204 15

133 5

7,61,022 10

10,049

Bihar

7,26,073 5

41 1

7,16,371 4

9,661

Telangana

6,70,829 186

4,164 63

6,62,714 122

3,951 1

Assam

6,09,506 244

3,838 153

5,99,681 391

5,987 6

Punjab

6,02,289 38

246 20

5,85,487 16

16,556 2

Jharkhand

3,48,705 28

160 30

3,43,408 56

5,137 2

Uttarakhand

3,43,861 17

150 6

3,36,312 23

7,399

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,865 70

838 16

3,26,596 86

4,431

Himachal Pradesh

2,23,406 261

1,972 211

2,17,693 48

3,741 2

Goa

1,77,969 23

454 29

1,74,152 51

3,363 1

Puducherry

1,27,846 40

443 10

1,25,546 50

1,857

Manipur

1,23,473 70

844 29

1,20,712 97

1,917 2

Mizoram

1,19,496 547

7,320 446

1,11,752 991

424 2

Tripura

84,438 15

123 1

83,499 14

816

Meghalaya

83,466 51

507 22

81,511 71

1,448 2

Chandigarh

65,331 5

29 2

64,482 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,120 6

115 22

54,725 28

280

Sikkim

31,925 13

177 1

31,353 12

395

Nagaland

31,759 12

222 3

30,856 15

681

Ladakh

20,925 8

47 6

20,670 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682 1

6 0

10,672 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,650 2

5 1

7,516 1

129

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