Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for an alleged attempt to benefit the ration mafias in the national capital through a doorstep delivery of ration scheme, which has been stayed by the Centre.
At BJP headquarters here, he said doorstep delivery is in violation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013, and questioned the intention of the AAP government in Delhi in not joining other states in the "one nation, one ration card" scheme. Delhi is among three states not implementing the scheme, he said.
Prasad said the NFSA Act stipulates allotment of ration only from the fair price shops, on which the necessary checks can be carried out while the doorstep delivery will open up avenues of the ration being siphoned off for blackmarketing and without ways to check it. He highlighted the transparent nature of the provisions of the Act.
Centre should work with states: Kejriwal
Kejriwal on Friday said instead of abusing and fighting with state governments, the Centre should work with them. Kejriwal tagged a media report according to which Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad blamed the Kejriwal government over allegedly failing to provide ration and oxygen to the people.
In response, Kejriwal said the country will progress when 130 crore people, all the state governments and the Centre work together as 'Team India'.
"Today people want to see such a leadership at the Centre which, instead of abusing and fighting the state governments all day, takes everyone along.
"The country will progress when 130 crore people, all the state governments and the Centre work together as Team India, Abusing so much is not good," Kejriwal tweeted.