Chennai: Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K S Alagiri on Thursday slammed the Centre’s decision to implement the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme by calling it impractical.Also Read - Centre Urges States to Impose Lockdown-like Restrictions in Districts Reporting Positivity Rate Above 10%
Claiming the move to be against the spirit of federalism, Alagiri noted that the scheme is likely to cause problems to beneficiaries of the public distribution system. In an official statement, Alagiri stated, “I am surprised at the explanation given by Union minister for food Ram Vilas Paswan – that 4.5 crore people living away from their respective states needs to be brought under the PDS. Such a move will place 23 crore ration card holding families in jeopardy and will create unwanted problems to all.” Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown Update: Govt Extends Restrictions Till August 9, Check What’s Allowed, What’s Not
Therefore, Alagiri urged the AIADMK-led Tamil Nadu government to withdraw its consent to the move which he claimed seeks to centralise the powers. He further warned that if the state government fails to withdraw its consent to the scheme, “then it will face a people movement against this move.” Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: Ashwini Vaishnaw to Make Statement on Pegasus Case in Rajya Sabha Tomorrow
Notably, K S Alagiri took charge as the new president of the Tamil Nadu Pradesh Congress Committee on Saturday. Congress president Rahul Gandhi appointed H Vasantha Kumar, K Jayakumar, M K Vishnu Prasad and Mayura Jayakumar as new working presidents to assist him.