New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed the government to install complaint boxes at all the ration shops, in order to ensure proper distribution of foodgrains, during the COVID-19 crisis.
Prime Minister Modi has announced nationwide lockdown due to the deadly virus COVID-19. All the sectors have shut down and government has announced free ration for the needys, but ration still not reaching the needy. So, Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan (DRRAA) has allegedly filed a petition in Delhi Court saying that fair price shops were not operating during working hours and often did not have rations.
During the hearing of a petition, a bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh also said the government should give rations to all who those need them and the court has also issued instructions for making all helpline numbers functional.
And also the petition is urging the court to ensure access to rations for all, during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Before filing a petition, Abhiyan has conducted several surveys of ration shops around the capital city to see if fair price shops were working properly while the poor were facing grave economic hardship due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown. Both the Delhi and Central governments had announced additional free ration for people in view of the lockdown.
During the hearing on May 6, it pointed out that the system of issuing e-coupons to those who do not have ration cards, as it required a smartphone, ability to use the internet, generate OTP, upload photos of the family and a copy of the Aadhaar and finally to download the e-coupon.
The Abhiyan suggested that facilitation desks should be set up and ration shops should give coupons to people who need foodgrains.
At this, Justice Mridul observed that the Delhi high court had earlier made it clear that ration should be provided to all those in need.
Finally, the Delhi High Court directed the government to install complaint boxes at all the ration shops and precisely should ensure that all the helpline numbers are functional. Delhi Court has given four days of time to Delhi government to file a detailed compliance report on each of the directions and listed the matter for May 18.