Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking help in overturning the Central Government’s decision to block doorstep delivery of ration.
Reminding PM Modi that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had supported the Centre on various matters of national interest, Kejriwal wrote in his letter, “I have supported you in all your work in national interest. You should also support us in launching this scheme, because this is also a matter of national interest.” “We are ready to make any change in the ration delivery plan if the Central Government demands,” the letter read.
Citing the reason why the scheme should be implemented, Kejriwal further mentioned, “It is important that this scheme should be implemented not just in Delhi but pan India, particularly in the Covid19 pandemic times.”
It may be recalled, on Saturday, the Centre has out spokes in the doorstep delivery scheme of the Delhi Government. Kejriwal’s letter came just two days after he had requested PM Modi to allow the AAP government to distribute ration at the doorstep of Delhi people asking, “If Pizza can be delivered at home, why not ration?”
Kejriwal reiterated his claim of seeking centre’s permission five times to launch the scheme. As per the law, the Delhi government was not required to take permission from the centre to implement it. “We sought permission to avoid conflict with the centre,” he wrote in the letter.
Referring to the ration mafia nexus, Kejriwal wrote in his letter, “For the last 75 years, the ration mafia ruled and they looted the poor's ration, Doorstep delivery would have been a revolutionary initiative,” his letter read.
Taking it to a micro blogging site, Kejriwal also tweeted , “Prime Minister, what kind of an arrangement do you have with the ration mafia that you had to stop the Kejriwal government's 'Ghar Ghar Ration Scheme'?"
Earlier, CMO had claimed that the Centre had again stopped the Delhi government’s revolutionary doorstep delivery of ration scheme ahead of its launch with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal rejecting it, however, according to the LG office, he did not reject the scheme but only advised that the constitutional scheme should be followed.
Pertinently, the Delhi Cabinet had cleared the proposal to allow home delivery of ration in July last year; since it was one of the promises of AAP during the assembly polls held in February 2020.