Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday introduced that the Delhi Government’s free ration scheme to residents will likely be prolonged by six extra months, i.e., till May 2022, because of the persevering with affect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Kejriwal additionally wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi interesting to him to do the identical throughout the nation.
Inflation has elevated to very excessive ranges and the frequent man is discovering it “difficult to even get two square meals”, Mr. Kejriwal wrote to Mr. Modi.
He additionally identified that many youth have been unemployed because of the pandemic.
“The Delhi Government is extending its free ration scheme to the poor for six months. I urged the Central Government to also extend its ration scheme for six months by writing a letter to the Prime Minister. People are in a lot of trouble right now. It would not be right to leave their hand at this juncture,” Mr. Kejriwal tweeted.
During the COVID pandemic, Mr. Kejriwal stated, the Central Government had distributed free ration to each ration cardholder throughout the nation and the Delhi Government following go well with.
BJP chief hits out
Leader of the Opposition within the Delhi Assembly Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, nevertheless, accused Mr. Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia of “telling white lies” concerning the distribution of free ration to the poor in addition to VAT on gasoline costs.
“As many as 72 lakh ration cardholders in Delhi have been provided free ration under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana since April last year, in addition to ration under the National Food Security Act by the Modi Government. The plan is still ongoing,” Mr. Bidhuri stated.
“On the other hand, despite the announcement, the Delhi Government is not giving away free ration to 60 lakh people who do not have ration cards. Even the Supreme Court had to direct the Delhi Government to make necessary arrangements of food and ration for the poor and migrant labourers,” he stated.
Mr. Bidhuri challenged Mr. Sisodia’s assertion that the “Centre was responsible” for inflation in gasoline costs. He argued that the AAP Government had elevated VAT on each petrol and diesel after coming to energy.
“When the Aam Aadmi Party came to power in 2015, VAT was charged at 20% on petrol and 12% on diesel. The Delhi Government later increased VAT on petrol to 30%,” he alleged.
“Not only this, 30% VAT was charged on diesel during the COVID-19 period. Even now, there is 30% VAT on petrol and 16.755% on diesel, which is the highest in the entire country,” he added.
Special Correspondent , 2021-11-07 01:51:51