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Delhi govt’s declare on implementation of ‘one nation one ration card’ deceptive, Centre tells SC-India News , Firstpost

In an affidavit, the Union authorities stated the AAP authorities has carried out the ‘one nation-one ration card’ plan solely in Circle 63 Seemapuri

New Delhi: The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that AAP authorities’s declare concerning the launch of ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ (ONORC) plan is deceptive as numerous migrants staff are unable to take the advantage of subsidised National Food Security Act (NFSA) foodgrains in Delhi as there is no such thing as a full implementation.

In its affidavit filed earlier than the highest courtroom, the Union authorities stated the AAP authorities has carried out one nation-one ration card plan solely in Circle 63 Seemapuri.

“It is submitted that the claim of GNCTD regarding launch of One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) plan in NCT of Delhi is misleading, as they claim to have implemented it only in Circle 63 Seemapuri. Only a handful of transactions conducted in single circle with about 42 ePoS machines cannot be considered as implementation of ONORC.”

“Further, unless the national portability transactions are rolled out formally in all the Fair Price Shops of all Circles of NCT Delhi, in which more than 2,000 Electronic Point of Sale (ePoS) machines have been supplied and waiting for operation, it cannot be considered as implementation of ONORC,” the affidavit acknowledged.

The Centre stated {that a} very giant variety of inter-state migrants are current all throughout Delhi who would not have entry to their NFSA foodgrains, being away from their very own villages/hometowns, will not be capable of take the advantage of their quota of subsidised foodgrains as there is no such thing as a full implementation of ONORC.

The onus of implementing the ONORC plan was on states, it stated.

It stated that whereas most states have been implementing the ONORC, 4 of them —Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and West Bengal — haven’t but built-in into the scheme and it might depend upon their technical readiness to implement the portability of ration playing cards.

The Centre stated that it has prolonged the scheme for meals grains for all of the beneficiaries, who will not be coated beneath NFSA and to whom ration playing cards have been issued by the State Governments beneath their very own scheme on the price of 5 kg per individual per 30 days.

“It is submitted that the Union of India is committed to make sufficient foodgrains available to the States at highly subsidised prices under the above schemes, to tide over the difficulty of food security during the current crisis, however, the responsibility of identification and distribution to the beneficiaries lies with the States/UTs.”

“All the States/UTs have been advised through the communications dated 20 May,2021 and 25 May, 2021, to avail their requirements of foodgrains through the mentioned schemes, to provide food grains to those who are not covered under the NFSA including migrants/ stranded migrants, as per locally assessed requirements,” the affidavit stated.

In a message to the states and UTs, the highest courtroom on 11 June had stated they need to implement the ONORC scheme because it permits migrant staff to get ration on the place of their work in different states as properly the place their ration playing cards will not be registered.

The prime courtroom had additionally taken robust observe of the delay within the growth of a software program meant to register staff of the unorganised sector to create a nationwide database and posed queries to the Centre as to how the advantage of free meals grain until November this 12 months beneath the ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna’ would attain to migrant labourers having no ration playing cards.

A trip bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah had reserved its verdict on a contemporary utility filed by activists Anjali Bharadwaj, Harsh Mander and Jagdeep Chhokar within the pending suo motu case of 2020 on the problem of issues confronted by migrant staff attributable to curbs clamped within the nation amid a resurgence of COVID-19 circumstances.

The bench had requested the Centre, the petitioner activists and the states to file written notes within the matter.

The activists have sought instructions to the Centre and states to make sure meals safety, money transfers, transport amenities and different welfare measures for the migrant staff on grounds that they’re in dire want for assist because the disaster is larger this time.

In May final 12 months, the highest courtroom had taken suo motu cognizance of issues and miseries of migrant labourers and had handed a slew of instructions, together with asking the states to not cost fare from migrant staff and supply them meals totally free until they board trains or buses.

On 24 May this 12 months, the highest courtroom had termed as “very slow” the method of registration of unorganised staff and had directed the authorities to supply dry ration and make operational neighborhood kitchens for migrant staff stranded all through the nation amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Referring to the resurgence of COVID-19 infections and consequent curbs, the activists, of their plea, stated, the issues and miseries confronted by migrant staff through the lockdown in 2020 have endured over the previous 12 months because of the continued financial misery and now have gotten aggravated on account of contemporary restrictions, curfews and lockdowns being imposed in lots of states to manage the unfold of COVID.

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