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Over 240 centres to provide ration to the poor soon, Delhi HC told | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the AAP government to expedite its policy for providing ration to poor people, especially destitute women and disabled children, so that they do not starve for want of food during the pandemic.
Justice Rekha Palli asked “what do you want poor people to do? Beg for food?” and ordered standing counsel Santosh Tripathi to fast-track the process. The government said the policy to provide ration and food to the poor was being prepared and would be finalised soon.
Tripathi told the court that over 240 centres would soon be opened across the national capital to provide rations to the poor during the pandemic. Those without ration/ID cards will also get rations at these centres.
“It is hoped that the respondent (Delhi government) will take expeditious steps to finalise the policy, so that people like the petitioners here, including helpless women and disabled children, do not starve for want of food,” the court said and listed the matter for hearing in July to take stock of progress on the matter.
It was hearing a plea moved on behalf of seven families that lost earning members to Covid-19 or lost jobs due to the pandemic and had no other source of livelihood. The plea sought ration facilities without any insistence on ration cards.
The court issued notice to the ministry of consumer affairs and Delhi government and sought their stand on the plea, filed through advocate Abhishek Anand. The plea has also sought monetary relief for the petitioners and others in a similar condition.

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