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Provide free ration even without cards: Delhi HC to government

The court also emphasised upon the importance of vaccination against COVID-19 and remarked that distribution of free ration should be made conditional upon the recipients being vaccinated.

Published: 25th August 2021 07:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th August 2021 07:47 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday said the government authorities will distribute free ration to people without any insistence on ration card as long as the policy permits. The court also emphasised upon the importance of vaccination against COVID-19 and remarked that distribution of free ration should be made conditional upon the recipients being vaccinated.

"Free ration will not be given till everyone is vaccinated. Every day the Prime Minister is saying get vaccinated. You come to court for free ration but don’t want to get vaccinated," the judge remarked. The court was dealing with a petition by seven people who were working in the unorganised sector and sought free supply of ration during the lockdown period in the absence of ration cards. 

"It is needless to state that the respondents will continue to provide free ration to the petitioners as long as the scheme for free ration without insistence on ration card continues," said Justice Rekha Palli. As the counsel for the petitioners raised apprehensions with respect to the possibility of a third wave, the court questioned if all the petitioners have been vaccinated.

He said he was aware of the status of vaccination of his clients. The Delhi government counsel told the court that presently, in accordance with its policy, ration was being duly provided to the petitioners without demanding ration cards. Central government counsel added that the food grains were being allocated to the state governments from the central pool under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. The scheme will remain operational till November. 



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