Delhi Government Approves Home Delivery Of Ration, Making Going To Fair Price Shop Optional

Delhi Government Approves Home Delivery Of Ration, Making Going To Fair Price Shop Optional

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced the ‘Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana’ which will help the ration card holders to avail home delivery of ration
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Delhi Government Approves Home Delivery Of Ration, Making Going To Fair Price Shop OptionalThe Delhi government to start home delivery of ration for all card holders in the next six to seven months after which going to the ration shops will be made optional
Highlights
  • Delhi to begin One Nation One Ration Card scheme with home delivery system
  • Delhi government to provide wheat flour instead of grain under the new syst
  • Government must conduct a pilot before rolling out the new system: Expert

New Delhi: The Delhi government cleared the proposal to allow home delivery of ration to all ration cardholders of the capital on Tuesday (July 21) with an aim to implement one of the major promises made by Aam Admi Party (AAP) in the run-up to the assembly polls held earlier this year and to eliminate corruption in the Public Distribution System (PDS). The scheme called as ‘Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana’ will let the beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 to avail ration at home, after which visiting ration shops will become optional.

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According to Mr. Kejriwal, the scheme will start in the next six to seven months. The Chief Minister said in his web address,

Ration and PDS are very close to my heart. 15 years ago, Manish and I were activists. We would fight against the system to ensure the poor got ration. We did not know back then that God would give us the opportunity to enter the system and fix it from within. This is a dream come true for me.

Mr Kejriwal added that every government in the country, along with the Central government, distributes ration to the poor people of their state. But since ration distribution started in the country, the poor have had to face a lot of difficulty in getting it. He said,

Sometimes the shops are closed, sometimes they get adulterated food or sometimes they are charged higher prices. In the last five years, we have made many improvements in the system of rationing. Today we have approved the scheme of doorstep delivery of ration in Delhi.

Under this scheme, people will no longer have to visit the ration shop, but the ration will be transported to people’s homes with due respect, the Chief Minister said.

He further informed that wheat will be picked from the warehouse of Food Corporation of India (FCI) and will be crushed into flour before distribution under the new system. He also said that rice and sugar packets will also be delivered at home.

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Mr. Kejriwal also said that the Delhi government will commence the implementation of Centre’s One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) scheme on the day of the launch of the home delivery of ration policy. ONORC is a system that includes national portability of the ration cards, which so far have been restricted to the state where the card was issued. So a migrant worker from Bihar could not use his ration card in Delhi to buy foodgrain from public distribution shops. One Nation One Ration Card is set to change that.

According to Shailendra Kumar, a ration shop owner in Sundar Nagar, New Delhi, the decision to start home delivery of ration will reduce the crowd at fair price shops (FPS) but he expressed concerns over the fading away of the buying from the PDS shop system. He said,

We have been running this ration shop for many years now. The new system is likely to reduce crowds at Fair Price Shop and maybe it will help in implementing social distancing measures more effectively in the post-COVID world but there are some concerns related to the implementing this system. While it may be good for the cardholders to get the ration at home and the government is saying that the option of going to the ration shop will be kept open, I fear that the ration shops may fade away in the future. In my opinion, instead of hiring a separate agency, the government should involve ration dealers for distributing ration at home. Similarly, doorstep delivery will require recoding the transaction via POS (Point of Sale) machine. Ration shops in Delhi stopped using these machine more than two years back because of the technical problems and network issues. How can we ensure that such problems that occurred at shops will not be faced when we take the machine to various places. But I think the government must have thought of some good ways to make this work. Let us wait to know more about the implementation plan.

A Point of Sale machine is an electronic device used to process biometric authentication and record the sale of ration. However, due to technical glitches like lack of stable internet connection, mobile network for receiving OTPs (One Time Passwords) and power back-ups, these machines have posed challenges in the distribution of ration at some places.

Amrita Johri, an activist associated with Roti Rozi Adhikaar Abhiyan, a people’s movement working for the rights of the daily wage workers and urban poor and National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) said that no details are available in the public domain and there is no way to know what exactly is the Delhi government planning to do with the PDS in the capital. She said,

The past five months, especially after the COVID-19 lockdown started, it has been proved that public distribution of ration is the lifeline for a large number of people. Even the governments at the centre and state level have recognised this. So it is extremely important to ensure that the system does not suffer due to any kind of policy experiments because it will affect more than 71 lakh citizens of Delhi. Before giving the proposal a nod and announcing the change, the Delhi government should have conducted a pilot test in 3-4 constituencies to be sure about the on-ground situation and challenges while drafting the execution plan.

Also Read: 203 Lakh Ton Food Grains To Be Provided Free To 81 Crore People For 5 Months: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

She further added that the Delhi government proposed the home delivery of ration in 2017 but could not get the approval from the cabinet. She said that during multiple discussions with the government on the proposal and in various depositions submitted by the Right To Food campaign to the Delhi government in the past three years, the campaign repeatedly raised some issues raised post discussions with the community that could keep the new system from succeeding. While explaining those issues, Ms. Johri said,

Two years ago, the Delhi government made the use of PoS machine mandatory. Then they had to roll it back soon saying that out of 20 lakh ration cards in Delhi, 4 lakh ration cards could not receive ration once Aadhar card became necessary due to biometric authentication failure. But now, they are rolling out a new delivery mechanism using the same technology that failed two years ago. The issues that were existing then are present even today. For example, at many places in Chandani Chowk, the best you get is 2G signals. Now if you are going to households for ration distribution in the slum areas of Chandani chowk to deliver the ration, how will you do the biometric authentication?

She further highlighted that currently, the ration is available to the cardholders on-demand, which means that the monthly quota of foodgrain is available at the shop and the cardholder can go as per the availability of money and time. She said,

When it comes to distribution of ration, the government must remember that they are dealing with the poorest of the poor. It’s not like more privileged people getting food delivered from Zomato or some home essential from Amazon. The family may not even have a phone, or if they do, it may be the male member of the family who take to work. How will they get the OTP (One Time Password)? Also, they tend to change their numbers every few months to benefit from more affordable talk-time offers from a service provider. They sometimes change their ‘basti’ when they find out that similar accommodation is available at a cheaper rent in some other ‘basti’ in the same area. How is the government planning to ensure that the system will keep updating these residence and contact number changes when it is next to impossible for the households to get the address changed in their Aadhar cards or do some other paperwork frequently.

She asserted that just changing the mode of distribution will not address the problem of corruption and spillages in the public distribution system. She said that the government must establish a State Food Commission and conduct social audits of PDS to understand the on-ground problems and grievances of the public, as recommended under National Food Security Act, which has not happened in the capital over the last seven years of execution of the Act.

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World

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70,07,751Active
1,21,15,736Recovered
7,31,096Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 188 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 1,98,54,583 and 7,31,096 have died; 70,07,751 are active cases and 1,21,15,736 have recovered as on August 10, 2020 at 4:12 am.

India

22,15,074 62064Cases
6,34,945 6198Active
15,35,743 54859Recovered
44,386 1007Deaths
In India, there are 22,15,074 confirmed cases including 44,386 deaths. The number of active cases is 6,34,945 and 15,35,743 have recovered as on August 10, 2020 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Akola757
Aurangabad1974
Dhule228
Jalgaon1039
Mumbai45478
Mumbai Suburban5363
Nagpur692
Nashik1575
Palghar1421
Pune9920
Satara629
Solapur1291
Thane13660
Yavatmal150
Ahmednagar190
Amravati291
Beed54
Bhandara41
Buldhana88
Chandrapur32
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Kolhapur646
Latur139
Nanded176
Nandurbar42
Parbhani78
Raigad1462
Ratnagiri350
Sangli145
Gadchiroli42
gondia69
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Wardha11
Washim13

515332 12248

145865

351710 13348

17757 390

DistrictCases
Chittoor319
Guntur511
Krishna557
Kurnool795
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Prakasam104
Srikakulam183
Visakhapatnam103
West Godavari199
Y.S.R.205
Vizianagaram23

227860 10820

87112 1626

138712 9097

2036 97

DistrictCases
Bengaluru Rural40
Bengaluru Urban529
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Ballari60
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Chikkaballapura149
Dakshina Kannada179
Dharwad61
Gadag45
Kalaburagi669
Mandya346
Tumakuru36
Uttara Kannada95
Vijayapura201
Chamarajanagara0
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Davangere204
Hassan205
Haveri24
Kodagu4
Kolar29
Koppal5
Raichur369
Ramanagara3
Shivamogga67
Udupi1176
Yadgir538

178087 5985

80981 1208

93908 4670

3198 107

DistrictCases
North Goa57
South Goa69

8712 506

2642 310

5995 193

75 3

DistrictCases
Chengalpattu1314
Chennai23324
Kanchipuram503
Madurai322
Namakkal83
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Thiruvallur774
Thiruvarur67
Tiruppur116
Vellore71
Virudhunagar185
Ariyalur444
Coimbatore188
Cuddalore477
Dharmapuri15
Dindigul175
Erode75
Kallakurichi324
Kanniyakumari110
Karur88
Nagapattinam99
Perambalur133
Pudukkottai53
Ramanathapuram119
Salem258
Sivaganga46
Tenkasi103
The Nilgiris17
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Tirunelveli433
Tirupathur45
Tiruvannamalai496
Tuticorin333
Villupuram509
Krishnagiri43

296901 5994

53336

238638 6020

4927 119

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kottayam73
Alappuzha76
Idukki40
Kasaragod333
Kollam118
Kozhikode90
Malappuram119
Palakkad224
Pathanamthitta98
Thiruvananthapuram104
Thrissur106
Ernakulam60
Wayanad36

34331 1211

12391 239

21832 970

108 2

DistrictCases
Raipur46
Korba100
Balod41
Baloda Bazar85
Balrampur17
Bastar2
Bemetara21
Bijapur2
Bilaspur100
Dantewada0
Dhamtari6
Durg31
Gariyaband10
Janjgir-Champa56
Jashpur77
Kabirdham52
Kanker19
Kondagaon0
Korea39
Mahasamund54
Mungeli87
Narayanpur0
Raigarh47
Rajnandgaon52
Sukma0
Surajpur9
Surguja14

12148 405

3243 171

8809 227

96 7

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2475
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Vikarabad40
Warangal Urban32
Adilabad22
Jagitial77
Jangoan8
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Kamareddy11
Karimnagar17
Khammam26
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Mahabubnagar30
Mancherial43
Medak11
Nalgonda33
Narayanpet3
Nirmal21
Nizamabad76
RajannaSircilla16
Sangareddy26
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Mahabubabad10
Mulugu3
Nagarkurnool8
Peddapalli5
Siddipet7
Wanaparthy1
Warangal Rural4
YadadriBhuvanagiri40

80751 1256

22528

57586 1587

637 10

DistrictCases
Baleshwar190
Bhadrak137
Jajapur322
Dhenkanal36
Kalahandi33
Kendrapara164
Khordha238
Koraput16
Sundargarh102
Anugul26
Balangir129
Bargarh16
Boudh34
Cuttack155
Deogarh33
Gajapati61
Ganjam581
Jagatsinghapur91
Jharsuguda8
Kandhamal28
Kendujhar34
Malkangiri20
Mayurbhanj73
Nabarangpur2
Nayagarh86
Nuapada69
Puri103
Rayagada2
Sambalpur16
Sonepur29

45927 1734

13870 178

31785 1543

272 13

DistrictCases
Barwani60
Bhopal1880
Dewas140
Dhar132
East Nimar266
Gwalior211
Indore3839
Jabalpur276
Ujjain799
Agar Malwa15
Alirajpur3
Betul35
Burhanpur351
Chhindwara16
Dindori29
Harda4
Hoshangabad37
Khargone196
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Raisen71
Ratlam51
Sagar228
Shajapur39
Shandol14
Sheopur26
Tikamgarh18
Vidisha37
Anuppur22
Ashoknagar13
Balaghat9
Bhind87
Chhatarpur35
Damoh26
Datia12
Guna8
Jhabua14
Katni3
Mandla15
Narsinghpur17
Neemuch319
Niwari0
Panna20
Rajgarh31
Rewa39
Satna24
Sehore12
Seoni2
Shivpuri15
Sidhi17
Singrauli13
Umaria10

39025 868

9009 182

29020 667

996 19

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17125
Anand107
Arvalli134
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Gandhinagar410
PanchMahals107
Surat2311
Vadodara1555
Bharuch56
Botad55
Chhotaudepur37
Dang5
Dohad43
GirSomnath45
Jamnagar63
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Mahesana159
Mahisagar125
Narmada25
Naysari35
Patan105
Rajkot135
SabarKantha101
Surendranagar55
Tapi6
Valsad47
Amreli16
DevbhumiDwarka22
Junagadh31
Morbi4
Porbandar11

70965 1096

14147

54166 1311

2652 24

DistrictCases
Ajmer379
Banswara91
Bharatpur563
Jaipur2177
Jhalawar329
Jodhpur1748
Kota503
Nagaur500
Alwar90
Barmer34
Bhilwara250
Bikaner112
Chittorgarh188
Churu81
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Dungarpur374
Hanumangarh31
Jaisalmer53
Jhunjhunu64
Karauli17
Pali352
Rajsamand140
SawaiMadhopur26
Sikar231
Tonk171
Udaipur724
Baran59
Bundi5
Ganganagar8
Jalore164
Pratapgarh14
Sirohi130

52497 1169

13473 86

38235 1072

789 11

DistrictCases
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Ambala93
Bhiwani60
CharkiDadri43
Fatehabad38
Gurugram2950
Hisar98
Jhajjar114
Jind38
Kaithal48
Karnal104
Kurukshetra55
Nuh68
Palwal120
Panchkula39
Panipat78
Rohtak145
Sirsa50
Yamunanagar19
Mahendragarh47
Rewari56

41635 792

6371 33

34781 750

483 9

DistrictCases
Agra933
Aligarh215
Amroha80
Bareilly17
Bijnor157
Bulandshahr166
Firozabad190
Gautam Buddha Nagar1119
Kanpur Nagar286
Lucknow386
Mathura129
Meerut504
Moradabad252
Muzaffarnagar117
Rae Bareli78
Rampur203
Saharanpur298
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Varanasi243
Auraiya37
Ayodhya120
Azamgarh138
Baghpat68
Bahraich73
Balrampur49
Banda27
Basti214
Bhadohi60
Budaun23
Etah52
Etawah46
Ghaziabad794
Ghazipur159
Gonda59
Gorakhpur166
Hapur225
Hardoi49
Jalaun41
Jaunpur194
Jhansi41
Kannauj69
Kasganj16
Kaushambi6
Mainpuri46
Mau48
Mirzapur22
Pilibhit15
Pratapgarh15
Prayagraj30
Sambhal116
Shamli40
Shravasti23
Sitapur32
Sultanpur97
Unnao42
Ambedkar Nagar92
Amethi206
Ballia60
Barabanki168
Chandauli38
Chitrakoot4
Deoria143
Farrukhabad36
Fatehpur3
Hamirpur3
Hathras43
Kanpur Dehat4
Kheri72
Kushi Nagar67
Lalitpur3
Maharajganj85
Mahoba3
Shahjahanpur25
Siddharth Nagar159
Sonbhadra10

122609 4571

47890 1713

72650 2817

2069 41

DistrictCases
Central4817
East2472
New Delhi3405
North3059
North East1914
North West5463
Shahdara1580
South2329
South East2446
South West2391
West4768

145427 1300

10729 62

130587 1225

4111 13

DistrictCases
Dhubri30
Goalpara19
Marigaon50
Baksa14
Barpeta28
Biswanath16
Bongaigaon12
Cachar80
Charaideo29
Chirang6
Darrang20
Dhemaji47
Dibrugarh61
Dima Hasao86
Golaghat203
Hailakandi57
Hojai89
Jorhat24
Kamrup42
Kamrup Metro276
KarbiAnglong13
Karimganj85
Kokrajhar37
Lakhimpur57
Majuli2
Nagaon143
Nalbari23
Sivasagar20
Sonitpur27
South SalmaraMancachar4
Tinsukia84
Udalguri28
West KarbiAnglong5

58837 1123

16367

42325 1734

145 5

DistrictCases
East District3
North District0
South District3
West District0

866 6

371

494 24

1

DistrictCases
Buxar134
Gaya115
Munger188
Patna279
Rohtas256
Arwal52
Aurangabad75
Banka134
Begusarai243
Bhagalpur266
Bhojpur103
Darbhanga143
Gopalganj123
Jehanabad178
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Lakhisarai72
Madhepura82
Madhubani199
Nalanda123
Nawada122
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Saran101
Siwan139
Vaishali87
Araria68
Jamui47
Katihar175
Khagaria253
Kishanganj75
Muzaffarpur96
Pashchim Champaran57
Saharsa88
Samastipur139
Sheikhpura118
Sheohar20
Sitamarhi73
Supaul87

79451 4157

27906 1237

51158 2915

387 5

DistrictCases
24 Paraganas North1031
24 Paraganas South281
Darjeeling97
Howrah1435
Jalpaiguri88
Kalimpong18
Kolkata2777
Maldah235
Medinipur East153
Medinipur West159
Hooghly604
Murshidabad125
Nadia139
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purba Bardhaman130
Alipurduar39
Bankura116
Birbhum206
Coochbehar210
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Dinajpur Uttar216
Jhargram9
Purulia66

95554 2939

26375 889

67120 1996

2059 54

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

1490 139

822

648 148

20

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Karaikal2
Mahe4
Yanam0

5382 259

2094 105

3201 147

87 7

DistrictCases
Anjaw0
Changlang31
Dibang Valley0
East Kameng0
East Siang1
Kamle0
KraDaadi0
KurungKumey0
Leparada0
Lohit3
Longding0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0
Lower Subansiri0
Namsai2
PakkeKessang1
Papum Pare8
Shi Yomi0
Siang0
Tawang1
Tirap0
Upper Siang1
Upper Subansiri0
West Kameng0
West Siang1

2155 38

670

1482 52

3

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Kiphire3
Kohima7
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Mon8
Peren2
Phek1
Tuensang3
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

2781 93

1869 84

904 8

8 1

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

1564 108

441 24

1121 84

2

DistrictCases
Ranchi148
Bokaro16
Deoghar5
Dhanbad32
Garhwa80
Giridih19
Hazaribagh110
Jamtara2
Koderma58
Simdega48
Chatra1
Dumka5
East Singhbum170
Godda2
Gumla28
Khunti10
Latehar14
Lohardaga8
Pakur4
Palamu27
Ramgarh75
Sahebganj0
SaraikelaKharsawan20
West Singhbhum21

18138 1044

9123 307

8838 715

177 22

DistrictCases
Gomati74
North Tripura14
Dhalai196
Khowai24
Sepahijala174
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45

6208 62

1723

4443 267

42 1

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

1688 49

457 41

1222 8

9

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Bandipora175
Shopian255
Srinagar300
Baramulla271
Budgam110
Ganderbal37
Jammu138
Kathua53
Kulgam295
Kupwara231
Rajouri39
Ramban151
Reasi26
Samba25
Udhampur155
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0
Doda27
Kishtwar10
Poonch35
Pulwama108

24897 507

7422 158

17003 336

472 13

DistrictCases
Chamba29
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Sirmaur11
Solan32
Una41
Bilaspur21
Kinnaur2
Kullu4
Lahaul And Spiti0
Mandi21
Shimla10

3371 107

1175 6

2181 100

15 1

DistrictCases
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Patiala132
Amritsar485
Barnala25
Faridkot74
Firozepur50
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Moga65
Pathankot86
S.A.S Nagar137
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Tarn Taran163
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Rupnagar (Ropar)74

23903 975

7998 512

15319 439

586 24

DistrictCases
Haridwar94
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Almora71
Bageshwar31
Chamoli36
Champawat45
PauriGarhwal36
Pithoragarh43
Rudraprayag30
Tehri Garhwal110
Udam Singh Nagar83
Uttar Kashi24

9632 230

3373 51

6134 171

125 8

DistrictCases
Bishnupur7
Chandel5
Churachandpur32
Imphal East10
Imphal West21
Jiribam3
Kakching2
Kamjong5
Kangpokpi26
Noney1
Pherzawl3
Senapati6
Tamenglong2
Tengnoupal9
Thoubal18
Ukhrul4

3753 118

1698 1

2044 117

11

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

1515 89

586 56

904 32

25 1

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
North Garo Hills1
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Garo Hills4
South West Khasi Hills0
West Garo Hills5
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1

1062 39

566

490 67

6

DistrictCases
Aizawl10
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Kolasib11
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Mamit8
Saiha0
Saitual1
Serchhip0

620 27

322 25

298 2

0

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

0

0

0

0

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