The Delhi government has been seeking to partner with online grocery delivery platforms including Jio-mart, BigBasket and Grofers for home delivery of Rations to around 1.7 million households in the city.
The government has held online meetings and sent written letters to a number of organizations to seek if they are willing to partner in the Mukhyamantri Ghar-Ghar Ration Yojana.
The aim is to use the e-commerce company’s supply chain to deliver subsidized and packaged wheat flour, rice and sugar to the households falling under the umbrella of the Public Distribution System. The scheme can provide online grocery marts to convert many households to their online customers.
While announcing the development, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the scheme would be rolled out in the next six-seven months, after completing the tendering and other processes.
If the deal is finalized, Delhi will be the latest among the states partnering with private companies to modernize the ages old Public distribution System. In 2015, Future Group led by Kishore Biyani tied up with Rajasthan government to aid with the state owned PDS and in 2018 tied up with Bengal govt. to convert ration shops into mini malls selling non-PDS items to discounted prices.