The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi had on Saturday said the scheme was stalled by the Centre even as all the concerns flagged earlier in March have been addressed.

A day after the Centre stalled the Delhi government’s ambitious doorstep delivery of ration scheme, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday claimed that legally, they don’t need the Centre’s approval but the AAP government did it out of courtesy.

Addressing the press, Kejriwal said the Centre stalled the doorstep delivery of ration scheme just two days before its implementation in Delhi by claiming that the city government did not take prior approval of the scheme’s rollout. “We took approval not just once, but five times. Legally, we don’t need the Centre’s approval but we did so out of courtesy,” the CM said.

“Respected Prime Minister, today I am very upset. The work of delivering ration door-to-door to the poor was about to start in Delhi from next week. All our preparations were done. But you stopped it two days before. Why did you do this?” he added.

CM Kejriwal said the scheme is in the “interest of the nation’ and there should be no politics over matters meant for the country’s benefit.

The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi had on Saturday said the scheme was stalled by the Centre even as all the concerns flagged earlier in March have been addressed.

'Don't need Centre's approval': Arvind Kejriwal after doorstep delivery of ration scheme stalled

What is the Centre’s standpoint?

According to sources close to the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of Delhi Anil Baijal, the proposal for the scheme has not been rejected as is “being portrayed by the Delhi government”. The scheme has only been “returned for reconsideration”.

This has been done to ensure “the constitutional scheme of things is followed in letter and spirit with the sole aim of ensuring smooth decisions and seamless benefits to people at large.”

The L-G has cited two reasons for this decision,

– Since the proposal seeks to change the method of distribution, it requires the approval of the central government as per the National Food Security Act, 2013.

– A writ petition has been filed by the Delhi Sarkari Ration Dealers Sangh in the Delhi High Court challenging the Delhi government’s scheme. The Union of India is also a party. The petition will be heard on August 20.

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