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Doorstep Ration Delivery Scheme stalled by Centre says CM Kejriwal

Doorstep Ration Delivery Scheme stalled by Centre says CM Kejriwal

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  • GS 2 || Governance & Social Justice || Other Aspects of Governance || Good Governance

Why in the news?

  • The Centre has stopped Arvind Kejriwal government’s ambitious doorstep delivery of ration scheme that was set to be launched soon.

Background

  • Earlier in March 2021, the Delhi Cabinet had approved the doorstep delivery of a ration scheme to be rolled out without any name after objections by the Centre of its naming as Mukhyamantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana.

Highlights of the scheme

  • Get ration with respect-It is in line with the state government’s dream to ensure that the poor “get ration with respect”.
  • The entire process will take 6-7 months to get implemented and beneficiaries will still be able to choose to collect their ration from the PDS shops.
  • The ‘Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojna’ under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) of the National Food Security Act, 2013, was notified by the government

Foodgrains under the National Food Security Act

  • In this system, eligible beneficiaries would be able toavail entitled foodgrains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from any Fair Price Shop(FPSs) in the country using the same ration card.
  • The eligible beneficiaries will be able to buy subsidized foodgrainsrice at ₹3 per kg, wheat at ₹2 per kg, and coarse grainsat Re 1 per kg, from any PDS shop in the country.
  • 100 percent of the national portability of these cards has been assured by March 31, 2021.

Benefits of the Doorstep Ration Delivery Scheme

  • As per the programme, beneficiaries who sign up for the Yojana will be notified of the delivery by SMS in advance, similar to how LPG is delivered.
  • After biometric authentication, the packaged ration would be given over to them.
  • Beneficiaries have the option of receiving their monthly quote all at once or in installments.
  • Apart from the purchase of the foodgrains, a fee will be levied for the conversion of wheat into atta and the cleaning of rice, which has yet to be determined.

The objection by centre

  • The centre says that the Delhi government cannot give subsidized foodgrains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 to run a local scheme by giving another name.
  • The centre also says that charging an additional amount as service charges goes against the principle of NFSA.

Success rate of door step delivery

  • Doorstep delivery has a success rate is 91% and only 9% of the applications get rejected.
  • The high success rate in doorstep delivery is due to mobile Sahayaks’s intervention who ensures that all documents are complete and attached in the right order along with the applications.

Significance of the scheme

  • Awareness in digital mode
    • With this service, the government has made it easier for people to apply for a service.
    • It will increase the number of people getting government services as it will create awareness in digital mode.
  • Curbing corruption
    • Improve the accessibility, cutting down costs, reducing corruption and extending help, and increased access to un-served groups within a reasonable timeframe.
  • It will help the government to improve Public services
    • Facilitates more accessible government services, allows greater public access to information, and makes government more accountable to citizens.
    • Chance to Provide new governance services and products based on feedback.
    • Speeding up the flow of information and knowledge between government and citizens and transforming how governments and citizens interact.
  • Participatory governance
    • It is a part of the ongoing reform and transformation of government enabling participatory governance and partnerships to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Moreover, The schemes go well with the Right to Services Act.

Right to Public Service Act

  • Time-bound delivery
    • The Right to Service Act contains statutory laws and provisions to ensure the time-bound delivery of public services to citizens of India.
  • Implementation in States
    • Currently, about 20 states have implemented this Act, which represents the state’s responsibility to its inhabitants by ensuring standard, quality, transparency, and timely delivery of public services, as well as an enforceable Grievance Redressal Mechanism.
    • At present, the list includes the names of Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Kerala, Uttar-Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Haryana, West Bengal, Gujarat, J&K, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, and Assam.
  • Madhya Pradesh became the first state to enact the Right to Service Act on On August 18, 2010.
  • Bihar became the second to put it into effect on July 25, 2011.
  • The UP and Kerala governments’ in 2020  announced doorstep deliveries for essential items
  • Manipur
    • The Manipur government has announced the opening of single-window services for door-to-door delivery services.

Conclusion

  • The Delhi government has addressed one of the concerns raised by the Centre by dropping the name “Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana” altogether and announced the scheme to be nameless.
  • The Delhi government’s effort suggests an awareness of the shifting dynamics of modern India and focusing on the real problems of the masses.
  • It has been called the bottom-up model where services reach a citizen’s doorstep, thus providing last-mile connectivity through a single point and location for various services like education, health, agricultural, banking, utility, etc. citizens in a convenient manner.
  • Plays a critical role in sustainable human development and poverty eradication.

Mains model question

  • Discuss critically recent reforms made in the targeted public distribution system.

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