telegraphindia.com 15 Sep, 2021 01:15 am

Rations at door from today in Bengal

Rations at door from today in Bengal
The scheme, a brainchild of Mamata Banerjee, was promised by her during the Assembly poll campaign this year

21, 01:35 AM The Bengal government is set to kick-start Duare Ration (ration on doorsteps) project as a pilot initiative involving 3,000 ration dealers for two months from Wednesday to experience the impact on the ground before it is implemented across the state after Durga Puja.Advertisement Sources in the food and supply department said all districts had been asked to involve 15 per cent of their existing ration dealers in the programme from Wednesday and submit a detailed report on the drive every day.“There are around 20,800 ration dealers in Bengal and over 3,000 of them would start the drive from Wednesday.According to the plan, the government asked all ration dealers to divide their total beneficiaries into 16 clusters and during the initial drive, they would reach out to their beneficiaries in the cluster concerned once in a month to deliver foodgrains at their door.

The sources said the Bengal government was also facing a few challenges to implement the programme state-wide as a large number of ration dealers were not willing to join the scheme and demanded benefits like hike in commission and transport fees.The sources said three ration dealers had already moved Calcutta High Court seeking its intervention to stop such a drive.

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