The Government of Delhi could soon begin distributing dry ration to a section of beneficiaries on their doorstep protected by the National Food Security Act 2013.
Sources said the department of food and civil supplies is working on a proposal to send the ration — wheat, rice, and sugar — to senior citizens, widows, and vulnerable sections. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed his concern on Sunday at the sudden rush of people to collect their monthly food grain entitlements at fair price shops in the region.
In view of the lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the government has started giving over 71 lakh beneficiaries covered by the public distribution network 1.5 times of the actual ration entitlement for the month of April free of cost.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also declared on Tuesday that the government is attempting to explore sources from which it can supply food grain to those not protected by the NFSA – 2013.
Though officials from the Delhi government said the food and civil supplies department was still working on the modalities and no final decision had been taken, sources said that only vulnerable segment would be protected during the lockdown time under the doorstep delivery of ration.
According to the data available on the Food and Civil Supply Department website, 71,08,074 members of 17,50,523 families are protected in the national capital under the Food Security Act. Delhi has 2,011 fair price shops to cater for more than 17 lakh beneficiary households.
Although the government had instructed ration distribution from March 30, some fair price shops opened two days earlier and witnessed long card-holders queues. That has prompted the government to consider other possibilities.
Source: Times of India