khaskhabar.com : Friday, June 11, 2021 4:50 PM
New Delhi. The BJP on Friday alleged that the Delhi government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is under the control of the ration mafia. Addressing a press conference on Friday, Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Arvind Kejriwal is talking about getting the home delivery of ration done, while he is looking for medicines or oxygen from mohalla clinics to doorsteps. Couldn’t deliver.”
Ravi Shankar Prasad said, home delivery of ration is also a ‘jumla’. The Delhi government is under the control of the ration mafia.
Referring to the Food Security Act, Prasad said, “The Act provides for periodic audit and monitoring of ration shops by a Vigilance Committee.”
He said that under the Food Security Act, the government gives wheat at Rs 2 per kg, rice at Rs 3 per kg in the states, while the price of rice and wheat is Rs 37 and Rs 27 per kg respectively.
“The government gives subsidized food grains to the states for distribution through ration shops. The government has spent about Rs 2 lakh crore annually on subsidy,” he said.
Prasad further said that like last year, under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, this year also the poor are being given free ration till November.
He also said that the government provides 37,573 tonnes of food grains to the Delhi government every month for distribution to 73 lakh people.
The Union Minister asked why the Kejriwal government has not implemented One Nation, One Ration Card in the national capital, which has been implemented in the entire country except in three states.
He further claimed that after four lakh fake ration cards were found in Delhi, the Kejriwal government under pressure from the ration mafia stopped the authentication of POS (Point of Sale) machines within four months of launching it in January 2018.
“Why authentication of beneficiaries through PoS machines has not started in Delhi’s ration shops from April 2018 till now,” Prasad asked.
He also claimed that the Kejriwal government does not have any data of SC/ST beneficiaries in the city.
The minister said that the Delhi government should come out with a new scheme for home delivery of ration and purchase of food grains from the Centre.
He finally said, “For Kejriwal’s new scheme, the government will provide ration at a reasonable price.”
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