Delhi govt estimate wrong, many leave empty handed

  • | Friday | 11th June, 2021

The government estimated two lakh people would avail of the scheme initially, with the numbers going up to 20 lakh “as per demand and need assessment”...

Delhi Govt. started a drive on June 5, the government has claimed to give 4kg wheat and, 1kg rice to people not covered by the PDS as a one-time benefit, with schools set up as distribution centers.

Outside Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya No. 2 in Delhi’s post-East of Kailash, among those waiting in line on Thursday is Pooja, a student of the school. The 16-year-old has been here for one-and-a-half hours, having arrived at 7.30 am with her pink school backpack — this time to carry home rations promised by the Delhi government.

“Both my parents restarted work just a few days ago, so I am here. I came yesterday also but the rations finished after 15 people had received them. I reached early today, hoping to get a token. I called my class teacher too to ask if she knew when the supply would come, but she said she didn’t know,” Pooja said.

The government estimated two lakh people would avail of the scheme initially, with the numbers going up to 20 lakh “as per demand and need assessment”.

However, a Food and Supplies Department official said, the numbers are much more than the government envisaged. “The initial supply for 2 lakh beneficiaries got exhausted in two days. Following that, we placed an order for 8 lakh beneficiaries on June 7. As and when this is arriving, it is being distributed to schools,” said the official.


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