“If Burger, Pizza Can Be Home-Delivered, Why Not Ration”: CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: A day after Delhi government Arvind Kejriwal said the central government had blocked its plans to introduce doorstep delivery of rations, Delhi’s CM today accused the institution of taking the initiative under the “influence” of the provincial mafia, which he said and reforms “do not find application in the national capital.

“Two days before the launch of the ‘Doorstep Delivery of Ration’ program in Delhi, the central government stopped. If pizza, burgers, smartphones and clothes could be brought home, then why not bring money to their door?” Asks CM Arvind Kejriwal.

“For the first time, the government has taken the initiative to look at the ration mafia. Look at how powerful they are (the ration mafia), and find that the program was canceled a week before it was implemented,” he said.

Speaking at a digital media briefing, Mr Kejriwal also denied the centre’s allegations that his government had not taken permission to use the program. “The Delhi government did not need the permission of the institution to implement the program, but it did need permission five times to avoid any disagreements,” he said.

The door-to-door allocation program, Mr Kejriwal said, would benefit 72 lakh beneficiaries in the national capital.

He alleged that the centre was fighting with everyone, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra, Delhi and Jharkhand governments, farmers and the people of Lakhsadweep.

“People are worried that the central government is fighting everyone. If we are fighting like this, how are we going to deal with COVID-19. Let me use this program, I will give you full credit (Prime Minister Narendra Modi). “Kejriwal helped to bring relief to the poor.

The implementation of the budget plan is the latest in a series of dialogue between the two parties sharing responsibilities in the national capital.

The Delhi government on Saturday said the department’s delivery plan had been rejected by the Lt Governor, saying the institution’s approval had not been sought and that it was still pending in the high court.

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