Hitting out at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for attacking the Centre over its transfer to cease the doorstep supply of ration scheme, the BJP claimed the union authorities had forestalled a “huge rip-off” to divert subsidised foodgrains.
Talking at a digital press convention on Sunday, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged there may be zero Aadhaar card authentication in Delhi, in opposition to the nationwide common of 80%, and that the Kejriwal authorities had earlier stopped operation of POS machines which permit biometric verification.
“It means there isn’t a approach one can discover out if meals grains are being delivered to the needy or diverted,” he alleged.
“Kejriwal blamed the Centre, however the fact is that over 72.78 lakh persons are benefitting from the Meals Safety Act,” Patra mentioned. Beneath PM Garib Kalyan Yojna, which gives free ration to the poor in Might and June, the Delhi authorities has to this point lifted 53,045 MT of grains out of 72,782 MT despatched by the Centre and distributed solely 68% of what it has lifted, he additional mentioned.
Patra additionally alleged the Delhi authorities’s scheme was a rip-off as individuals will likely be charged cash to get wheat flour as a part of it.
Responding to Patra’s cost, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia mentioned: “He mentioned we wish to levy an additional cost. Mr Patra ought to learn the Centre’s pointers. It’s written clearly that if somebody desires wheat to be floor to aata, Rs three might be charged for this. Our scheme says we are going to cost Rs 2 and can ship aata to their houses. Your downside shouldn’t be Rs 2, your downside is that ration will attain individuals’s houses, and BJP will be unable to pilfer it.”
He added: “I had hoped the BJP would perceive that giving ration to individuals at house was a step in the precise path…, however I used to be mistaken. Sambit Patra abused the Delhi CM many, many instances right this moment, however I’m not going to stoop to that and reply to it.”
Sisodia additionally accused the BJP of wanting the present system to proceed, saying they profit from it: “They need us to close our eyes to pilferage and theft that goes on…”