If pizza, burgers can be delivered at home, why can't ration be delivered: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said doorstep ration delivery should be implemented across India to prevent further spread of COVID-19.


Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow implementation of doorstep ration delivery in the nation's interest to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Asking why the doorstep ration delivery scheme by his government was stalled by the Centre, the chief minister said the scheme should be implemented across the country to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

"If pizza, burgers, smartphones and clothes can be delivered at home, then why can't ration be delivered at their doorstep," the chief asked, according to reports.

Pointing out that the doorstep ration delivery scheme would benefit 72 lakh people in Delhi, the chief minister said that scheme was rejected by the Lt Governor of the capital and a litigation was pending in the high court regarding it, Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal alleged that the Centre was fighting with everyone, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra, Delhi and Jharkhand governments, farmers and the people of Lakshadweep.

"People are distressed that the Central government is fighting everyone. If we fight like this, how will we tackle COVID-19... The Delhi government did not require the Centre's approval for the implementation of the scheme, but it sought permission five times to avoid any dispute," Kejriwal said, adding, "If you stand with the ration mafia, who will stand with the poor people?"

 

First Published:June 6, 2021, 2:50 p.m.

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