Centre has rejected Delhi govt's doorstep ration delivery scheme: Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

Addressing an online briefing, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of 'picking fights with states'.

Published: 23rd June 2021 03:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd June 2021 03:58 PM   |  A+A-

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia addresses a press conference regarding the registration of construction workers at Delhi Secretariat, in New Delhi on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (Photo | Parveen Negi, EPS)

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia (File Photo | Parveen Negi, EPS)


NEW DELHI: The Centre has rejected the Delhi government's proposed doorstep ration delivery scheme citing "funny excuses", Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday.

Sisodia, however, claimed the Delhi government never sent any proposal regarding the scheme to the Centre.

Addressing an online briefing, the deputy chief minister also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "picking fights with states".

Sisodia said the Delhi government received a letter from the Centre on Tuesday that said that the proposal for the doorstep ration delivery scheme for poor people has been rejected.

The Centre, he said, cited "funny excuses" for its decision.

It asked how ration will be delivered to beneficiaries who live in narrow lanes and multi-storey buildings and what will happen if ration delivery vans break down, he said.

Sisodia claimed the Delhi government did not send any proposal on the scheme to the Centre for its approval.

"What proposal did they reject when none was sent to them?" he asked.

The deputy CM said, "Ration distribution under public distribution system is the responsibility of the state.

"If people can have pizza, clothes and other consumables delivered to their homes, why can't ration be delivered to their doorstep?" he asked.

Citing the Centre's clash with West Bengal and Maharashtra governments, Sisodia said, "I want to ask the prime minister why he is always in the mood to quarrel. The country has never seen such a quarrelsome prime minister in the last 75 years."

The Delhi government planned to launch the scheme for the doorstep delivery of ration in June.

The launch was halted after the lieutenant governor returned the file on the scheme stating that it could not be implemented, according to a statement from the Chief Minister's Office.

According to the Delhi government, if implemented, the scheme would benefit 72 lakh ration cardholders in the city.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp