Chandigarh, 23 September (Bureau)
A single bench of the Punjab-Haryana High Court has lifted the stay on the Punjab government’s plan to deliver ration door-to-door through agencies other than depot holders. Removing the stay, the Single Bench has sent the petition before the Division Bench for hearing. During the hearing of the petition of the NFSA Depot Holder Welfare Association, the Single Bench had issued a notice to the Punjab Government, putting a stay on the scheme. Against the ban, the Punjab government reached before the division bench. The Division Bench vacated the stay with the Single Bench reconsidering the order. Also, the petition has been referred to the division bench. The association told through the petition that they run fair price shops in Punjab. The Punjab government has planned that the ration will be delivered directly to the homes of the beneficiaries through home delivery. The petitioners said that they have proper license for the depot and till now they are working to deliver ration to the beneficiaries. Now the government has made a plan to get wheat milled and delivered directly to the homes of the beneficiaries through a private company. This decision of the government is contrary to the provisions present in the constitution. Government of India has prepared Public Distribution System and food grains should be distributed through this system only, but Punjab Government is not doing so. The state government has neglected the fair price shops by bringing in private companies. Let us tell you that the Punjab government is preparing to start this scheme from October 1.