If we allow one-third of our citizens to go hungry when sufficient grains are available with us, how can we call the system ‘smart’?
The Court issued the direction on perusal of an affidavit submitted by the Additional Secretary, State Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department, on Monday.
As decided by the high power committee, additional 20.8 lakh families will be covered under the health assurance scheme apart from the existing 71.69 lakh families.
Officials are clueless about why the 1,229 beneficiaries, who have been lifting their rations under the food security schemes, did not turn up to avail financial assistance.
Stating that pilferage of foodgrains has been carried on through circulation of ghost cards, the OPCC maintained that only a CBI probe can bring out the truth.
In an open letter to the Chief Minister, Venkat Reddy said that the beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act were facing hardships in drawing ration.
In a letter dated June 22 written to the Delhi government, the Union Food Ministry pointed out several challenges and concerns in the proposed home delivery scheme.
In its affidavit filed before the top court, the Union government said the AAP government has implemented one nation-one ration card plan only in circle 63 Seemapuri.
In view of the Covid-induced lockdown, the State government started the distribution of 15 kg free ration to food security cardholders from Saturday.
Also, sources privy to the development, claimed the lieutenant governor has not rejected the proposal as was being "portrayed" by the Delhi government.
Centre urges states, UTs to ensure coverage of economically weakest sections of population under NFSA
It stated that the states and UTs should take measures to reach out to vulnerable and weakest sections of the society i.e. street dwellers, rag pickers, hawkers, rickshaw pullers among others.
The State government has been requested to ensure that the shops are exempted from the restricted hours of opening as applicable for regular markets.
As per the Chief Minister’s announcement, Food Security beneficiaries in the State will get additional 5 kg rice free of cost in May and June.
The government has decided to provide free food grains to about 80 crore beneficiaries as was done during the coronavirus-induced lockdown last year.