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
Delhi, News, Nutrition
- in Delhi, News, Nutrition
0
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.

Also Read: At 20.1 Million, India Expected To Have Highest Births Since COVID-19 Declared As Pandemic: UNICEF

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.

Also Read: Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana To Provide Free Rations During Coronavirus Lockdown Extended, What Does It Mean For People On The Ground?

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.

Also Read: India Observed A Decline Of 60 Million Undernourished People In 2019, Reveals The Latest UN Report 

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

19,89,21,889Cases
6,44,02,340Active
13,02,83,678Recovered
42,35,871Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,89,21,889 and 42,35,871 have died; 6,44,02,340 are active cases and 13,02,83,678 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,17,26,507 30,549Cases
4,04,9588,760Active
3,08,96,354 38,887Recovered
4,25,195 422Deaths
In India, there are 3,17,26,507 confirmed cases including 4,25,195 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,04,958 and 3,08,96,354 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,15,063 4,869

78,700 3,650

61,03,325 8,429

1,33,038 90

Kerala

34,25,473 13,984

1,65,834 2,057

32,42,684 15,923

16,955 118

Karnataka

29,08,284 1,285

24,045 123

28,47,627 1,383

36,612 25

Tamil Nadu

25,63,544 1,957

20,385 139

25,09,029 2,068

34,130 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,70,008 1,546

20,582 437

19,36,016 1,968

13,410 15

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,500 24

646 18

16,85,091 42

22,763

West Bengal

15,29,295 575

10,803 171

15,00,331 734

18,161 12

Delhi

14,36,401 51

538 44

14,10,809 95

25,054

Chhattisgarh

10,02,458 236

1,918 1

9,87,012 234

13,528 3

Odisha

9,79,737 1,032

13,318 820

9,60,386 1,785

6,033 67

Rajasthan

9,53,704 16

241 9

9,44,509 25

8,954

Gujarat

8,24,922 22

251 3

8,14,595 25

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,862 17

132 7

7,81,217 10

10,513

Haryana

7,69,956 14

703 12

7,59,614 25

9,639 1

Bihar

7,24,917 37

401 34

7,14,872 71

9,644

Telangana

6,45,997 591

8,819 54

6,33,371 643

3,807 2

Punjab

5,99,162 32

473 31

5,82,395 63

16,294

Assam

5,68,257 1,275

12,429 213

5,50,534 1,469

5,294 19

Jharkhand

3,47,223 23

239 15

3,41,855 38

5,129

Uttarakhand

3,42,198 37

574 35

3,34,261 71

7,363 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,725 118

1,254 43

3,16,090 73

4,381 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,369 208

1,304 75

2,01,543 132

3,522 1

Goa

1,71,295 90

1,027 16

1,67,118 72

3,150 2

Puducherry

1,21,059 54

944 38

1,18,320 92

1,795

Manipur

99,872 541

9,814 591

88,480 1,120

1,578 12

Tripura

79,026 304

3,104 12

75,167 292

755

Meghalaya

65,939 350

5,843 200

58,987 537

1,109 13

Chandigarh

61,960 6

33 3

61,116 3

811

Arunachal Pradesh

48,565 305

3,508 167

44,823 469

234 3

Mizoram

40,111 748

12,316 127

27,642 618

153 3

Nagaland

28,004 59

1,300 44

26,130 99

574 4

Sikkim

26,880 126

3,323 131

23,211 256

346 1

Ladakh

20,345 5

57 0

20,081 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650

15 9

10,631 9

4

Lakshadweep

10,207 12

79 4

10,078 8

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,539

6 1

7,404 1

129

Coronavirus Outbreak: Full CoverageTesting CentresFAQs

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may also like

What Is Important For Breastfeeding Mothers In Times Of COVID-19? Dr Shariqua Yunus Of World Food Programme Explains

Breastfeeding it everybody’s responsibility and all of us need to come together to promote, protect and support breastfeeding. It is a shared responsibility and each one of us needs to our bit, says Dr Shariqua Yunus, Head, Nutrition and School feeding unit, World Food Programme, India