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Doorstep Ration Delivery scheme

Date: 30 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Bhagwant Mann, the Chief Minister of Punjab has announced a doorstep ration delivery scheme for beneficiaries.

 

Background

Wheat grains would be packed in bags and delivered at doorsteps under the Ghar Ghar Ration Yojna.

 

Details

  • Beneficiaries will receive ration under the Atta-Dal Scheme of the state government. This scheme is a tweaked version of Centre’s Food Security Act.

  • It is an optional scheme and people who want to avoid queuing up outside ration shops can opt for the scheme.

 

Beneficiaries of the scheme

  • The scheme is named after wheat flour and pulses and envisions giving 5 kg wheat to every individual beneficiary per month at Rs 2 per kg.

  • Till now, the state government has been unable to give pulses to the beneficiary due to shortage of funds. Political parties have promised tea leaves and sugar, which till now has not materialized.

 

Funding

  • Under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013, the centre funds for 36 lakh families. Punjab has added some more beneficiaries by providing them blue cards.

  • Centre bears 1700 crore every year and also pays half the bill of transportation cost. The rest of transportation bill and cost of additional beneficiaries are borne by state government.

 

Distribution

  • Earlier, the government used to distribute wheat flour to beneficiaries but later whole wheat was given due to low quality of flour.

  • Electronic Point of Sale (e-POS) machines are used for biometric verification of every beneficiary. 

 

Issues associated

  • The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution want state governments to buy ration separately and provide it to doorstep.

  • Distributing the ration to states under the NFSA would be illegal as there are no provisions for doorstep delivery.