Supreme Court says won’t interfere in Delhi doorstep ration scheme order

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The Supreme Court declined to interfere with the interim order of the Delhi High Court that cleared the way for doorstep delivery of rations by the Delhi government. Justice L Nageswara Rao convened a bench that ordered the Delhi High Court to hear the case next Monday. The government confirmed that the scheme will run with no changes until that date.

Delhi government told the Supreme Court that everything is being delivered home, including alcohol and prepared foods. There is nothing wrong with the conveyance of food grains at the doorway of poor individuals under the Public Distribution System. The bench said it had no intention of appealing to the center’s decision as the matter was still in the High Court. The federal government has appealed to the top court against the High Court’s decision to pave the way for the foodservice plan of Delhi.
The Center challenged the order of the Delhi High Court to allow the implementation of the “Mukhyamantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojna”. The central government said that the Supreme Court allowed the Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal to carry out the program without hearing from the Center about its negative impact. It runs counter to the National Food Security Act (NFSA) on ration distribution to the needy.

The central government has gone to the Supreme Court complaining that the AAP government is trying to run a similar distribution program. One of the leading negative impacts would be a “one nation one ration card” program launched by the central government. Aimed to benefit immigrant workers who can pull grain from ration stores at their work anywhere in India through biometric validation.

In its March 22 order, the Delhi High Court ordered the Delhi government not to reduce or suspend the supply of PDS distributors. On September 27, the High Court had allowed the Delhi government to reduce the supply of goods available at Fair Price Shops (FPS) stores.

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