On Wednesday, the Delhi Food division ordered that the ration distribution for April be carried out by biometric verification utilizing e-POS machines in any respect ration retailers within the Seemapuri circle on a pilot foundation, together with on the ones “set up for doorstep delivery of foodgrains under National Food Security Act”.
In circles, besides Seemapuri, the ration retailers will stay open, the order added.
A senior authorities official stated there isn’t a have to re-notify the scheme simply because its identify has been dropped. The scheme was notified on February 20 and was scheduled to be launched on March 25.
“We plan to launch it very soon, most likely in April itself. There is no need to notify it afresh. The Cabinet has already approved the decision to drop the name and we are hopeful that the Centre will not have any objection now as it is not being rolled out in the form of any local scheme,” the official stated.
According to the notification of the doorstep scheme, millers empaneled with the Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd (DSCSC) might be tasked with lifting wheat and rice from the godowns of the Food Corporation of India (FCI). The wheat might be processed into atta earlier than distribution by doorstep brokers, whereas the rice might be cleaned of straws, stones, jute bag thread, mud or different impurities and international substances.
Apart from the identify of the scheme, the Centre has additionally questioned one of many parts of the proposed scheme that includes assortment of “the cost of subsidised food grains and a specified amount as milling/conversion charges” from beneficiaries. The Delhi authorities has not but made public the fees that it plans to gather.
However, present ration sellers really feel they are going to be thrown out of enterprise as soon as the scheme is rolled out because the company picked for doorstep supply will even be tasked with establishing massive warehouses the place provides might be stocked earlier than supply on the doorstep of beneficiaries.
Following a delay in provide of ration for the month of April to round 71 honest value retailers in Seemapuri, Ballimaran and New Delhi circles, the Delhi Sarkari Ration Dealers Sangh served a authorized discover to the Delhi Food Commissioner on March 31 to renew provide inside 24 hours.
According to the National Food Security Act, 2013, “The State Government shall ensure the lifting of foodgrains from the Corporation (FCI) by the last day of the month preceding the allocation month.”
Supply ultimately resumed on April 6. “We have repeatedly assured the ration dealers that supply to fair price shops will not be discontinued. The scheme is optional and only those who opt for it will have their share delivered straight to their homes,” the official quoted above stated.
Saurabh Gupta, secretary of the Delhi Sarkari Ration Dealer’s Sangh, stated the modalities of the scheme clearly state that the doorstep company will arrange its personal massive honest value retailers, the license of which might be obtained within the identify of the Delhi Consumer’s Cooperative Wholesale Store Ltd (DCCWS).
“During the lockdown, when entire cities had shut down, ration shops remained open and continued to serve people despite all odds. Casually dismissing us as ‘ration mafia’ does no good,” Gupta stated.
Public distribution system welfare affiliation president Shailendra Kumar questioned the long-pending implementation of utilization of e-POS machines at ration retailers. “The government says the scheme will put an end to pilferage and theft. Then why do the e-POS machines lie unused in all ration shops? Even under the scheme, doorstep agents are expected to hand over ration after biometric verification through e-POS machines,” Kumar stated.
The distribution of ration in Delhi is at present managed by a community of as many as 2,005 honest value retailers. Under the National Food Security Act, 2013, which governs the PDS, the roughly 17.77 lakh ration card holding households in Delhi are divided into three classes — 15.12 lakh precedence households (PR), 1.73 lakh precedence state households (PRS), and 68,468 Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) households.
The beneficiaries coming underneath the PR and PRS classes are entitled to five kg of foodgrains monthly whereas AAY households obtain 25 kg wheat, 10 kg rice and 1 kg sugar.