NGOs in Delhi write to Arvind Kejriwal over unavailability of foodgrains at ration shops -Ananya Tiwari

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published Published on May 15, 2021   modified Modified on May 15, 2021

-The Indian Express

A senior official of the Delhi government said there has been a delay in distribution as foodgrains came in late from the Food Corporation of India under the NFSA and the PMGKAY schemes.

Non-profit organisations in Delhi, including the Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan, the Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS), and the Stranded Workers Action Network (SWAN), have written to the Arvind Kejriwal government over unavailability of PDS grain at ration shops despite the government promising free ration for all card holders during the lockdown.

SWAN on Friday wrote to the chief minister saying, “A verification of PDS shops by various civil society organisations found that with PDS shops closed till mid-May, even those who have ration cards in Delhi have not been able to get their entitlements. The order issued by the Delhi government on 14th May on distribution of food under the National Food Security Act also makes no mention of non-ration card holders. Given that the majority of those who called us are temporary migrants, it is unlikely that they possess a Delhi government ration card. In the absence of government interventions to address rising distress amongst workers in the city, the civil society has had to step in. However, with limited resources and reach, this is a drop in the ocean.”

A senior official from the Delhi government, while explaining the delay of the distribution of ration, said, “The grains came in from the Food Corporation of India now under the NFSA and the PMGKAY. The distribution has started today (Saturday).”

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The Indian Express, 15 April, 2021,

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