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Calcutta HC declares Mamata govt's key doorstep ration scheme 'illegal'
Doorstep Ration
Mamata Banerjee | File image by Avishek Mitra/IBNS

Calcutta HC declares Mamata govt's key doorstep ration scheme 'illegal'

| @indiablooms | 28 Sep 2022, 08:50 pm

Kolkata/IBNS: In a setback for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Calcutta High Court Wednesday declared the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government's doorstep ration scheme "illegal", media reports said.

The high court said there is no provision within the present food security law to run such a scheme by any state government.

The scheme will be legally valid if the law is amended in Parliament or the state governments are empowered to do so.

"Duare ration" or "ration at your doorstep" scheme, which was launched by Banerjee last year, was one of the major poll promises by the TMC ahead of the 2021 assembly elections, which the party had won with a landslide majority.

Several other states including Delhi and Punjab had also launched similar schemes but all were challenged in courts.

The Delhi High Court earlier this year set aside the Arvind Kejriwal government's doorstep delivery scheme in the city. 

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