*Delhi govt provided lunch and dinner to around 6.5 lakh people across Delhi
*-On April 4 Delhi govt provided lunch to 648469 people and dinner to 650667 people at around 1,500 centres
*-On April 4 Delhi govt received 1040 calls or requests for food from different locations of Delhi and provided food to all
New Delhi, April 5, 2020-The nationwide lockdown implemented to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading has affected the poor people majorly. As an aid to these people who do not have work, money and shelter, the Delhi government under the leadership of Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi Mr Arvind Kejriwal provided lunch and dinner to around 6.5 lakh people on April 4, 2020.. On April 4 Delhi govt gave lunch to 648469 people and dinner to 650667 people at around 1,592 centres. The Delhi government is also getting requests for food from various parts of the city and on April 4 Delhi govt got 1040 calls or requests for food from different locations of Delhi. Based on these calls or requests the Delhi government has also ensured food. From April 1 the Delhi Government is providing lunch and dinner to over 6 lakh people everyday and has the capacity to provide food to 10-12 lakh people.
The Hon'ble CM of Delhi had announced on Tuesday, March 31, that the Delhi government is preparing to arrange facilities to feed 10 to 12 lakh people a day from April 1. For this, the government has been putting efforts to arrange 3,000 centres, each with a capacity of feeding 500 people per day.
Nearly 2,500 schools and 250-night shelters have started distributing food to 500 people a day, each bringing the total number of distribution centres to nearly 2,800.
Mr Kejriwal had said, “We are feeding 3.5 lakh-4 lakh people daily until now, and we will start feeding 10-12 lakh people from tomorrow. Upon further deliberations on this, we found out that people were crowding at the food centres. So we decided to create more centres.”
To ensure that the government’s free meal scheme is equitably accessible to the needy so that they do not have to walk for miles looking for food, the Delhi government has made the schools and night shelters as key food distribution points. From the day of the lockdown, the Delhi government started with the distribution of foods at the existing 234-night shelters and 35 community halls. At the time of food distribution, the Delhi government is also ensuring social distancing, safety and sanitation for the people.
*F&S Minister orders deployment of Enforcement Team to check the instances of overcharging
*- Legal Metrology team raids several shops in Delhi
New Delhi05.04.20-: Acting swiftly on complaints of overpricing in Old Delhi Areas, Food & Civil Supplies minister Shri Imran Hussain sent enforcement teams of Legal Metrology Department to visit Old Delhi area for checking the instances of violation of Packaged Commodity Rules (PCRs) and overcharging, if any, by retailers, shopkeepers, chemists, manufacturers, traders etc. especially with regard to the sale of various Essential Commodities.
The teams conducted total of 10 surprise inspections of Kirana/Grocery shops and found instances of violations of Packaged Commodity Rules(PCRs) by retailers in S.N. Market, Lahori Gate market where the retailers were found stocking some packed items not showing MRP, packed items containing mandatory declarations on stickers in violation of PCRs, certain packed commodities not having Customer Care Number printed on them etc. Six prosecution actions against defaulting retailers/ manufacturing companies total amounting to more than Rs. one lakh have been initiated.
Packaged Commodity Rules prescribe requirement of printing of mandatory declarations on the packaged commodities i.e. the name and address of the manufacturer / packer / importer, the common name of the product in the package, the net quantity, month and year of manufacturing or pre-packing, MRP (inclusive of all taxes) and name, address, telephone number of the person who can be contacted by the consumer in case of a complaint. Failure to comply with PCRs renders the retailer/manufacturer/trader etc. liable for prosecution action under Legal Metrology Act, 2009 and the Packaged Commodities Rules, 2011.
F&S Minister directed senior officers to review the functioning of field staff on daily basis. He further directed that at no cost, the chemists, retailers, traders etc. should be allowed to take undue advantage of the health crisis due to the prevailing pandemic nature of the Corona virus. He also directed that the violators and defaulters must be immediately proceeded against, strictly as per law.
F&S Minister appealed to the retailers, traders, manufacturers etc to scrupulously comply with provisions of Packaged Commodity Rules and desist from overcharging for the packed commodities, for the benefit of consumers and join hands with Government in the fight against the health crisis due to Corona Virus.
F&S Minister Shri Imran Hussain also appealed to the citizens of Delhi to bring into the notice of the Legal Metrology Department any instance of overcharging of packed commodities and also of violations of Packed Commodity Rules.