The government should not deny poor food grains even if they do not have a ration card: Jairam Ramesh

NEW DELHI: Principal Leader of Congress Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday he urged the government Don't deny the poor and vulnerable even if they don't have a ration card.

In a letter to the minister of food and public distribution Ram Vilas Paswan Ramesh said that a discriminatory approach should not be taken in the implementation of the Food Safety Law.

He urged not to deny anyone food grains against non-production of ration cards during the closing period.

Furthermore, it also asked Paswan to exempt the Aadhaar-based biometric authentication requirement for the release of food grains during the closure period.

Ramesh's appeal to the minister comes after the Supreme Court did not voice its appeal seeking instructions to reach the Center and states to ensure universal food security coverage during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A bank of judges, and BR Gavai, who handled the matter via video conference, allowed the petition to be withdrawn and asked him to make a detailed representation before the Center.

Ramesh said as the nation grapples with these challenging times, the government must ensure that "we do not lose sight of issues that demand immediate attention and intervention".

He raised the issues of food security and food distribution amongst the poor and disadvantaged, which he said, must be addressed with the utmost priority by the Central government .

During the last weeks of the national blockade and its subsequent extensions, numerous reports are received from across the country on inadequate food stocks and wide variations in food distribution among beneficiaries, Ramesh said.

The leader of the Congress also requested that the data on the number of active points of sale of the public distribution system (PDS) and the supply of grain in these points of sale of PDS in the months of January 2020 (month base) and April 2020 (closing month). to identify gaps and address them.

"This was not an adversarial petition but instead an attempt to help the government identify an area where more data can assist in better policy formulation. I hope you consider this representation in the same spirit," he said in his letter to Paswan.