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Delhi High Court quashes AAP govt’s doorstep ration delivery scheme

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday set aside the AAP government’s doorstep ration delivery scheme—Mukhymantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojna.

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A bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh said the Delhi government is free to introduce another doorstep delivery scheme, but it cannot use grains provided by the Centre for this scheme. The bench also said that the scheme did not have the approval of the lieutenant governor.

The high court allowed two petitions filed by ration dealers challenging the scheme.

The high court had on January 10 reserved its order on the pleas by petitioners Delhi Sarkari Ration Dealers Sangh and Delhi Ration Dealers Union after holding extensive hearings.

The Delhi government tried its best to start the ration scheme on March 25th, 2021, but the Union government raised an objection.

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The Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs has said the foodgrains being allotted by the central government for distribution under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) cannot be used for running a state-specific or any other scheme by any name.

The high court had on September 27 last year directed the Delhi government to issue communications to all the fair price shop dealers informing them of the particulars of ration cardholders who have opted to receive their rations at their doorsteps.

It was said only thereafter that the fair price shop dealers were not required to be supplied with the ration of the PDS beneficiaries who had opted for the other scheme.

 

 

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