Touted to be the brainchild of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, the door delivery of ration supplies scheme with the help of 9,260 ’Mobile Dispensing Units’ (door delivery vehicles) was flagged off on January 21st.
The mobile vehicles were purchased at a cost of ₹539 Crore and these vehicles were provided by the government at a 60 per cent subsidy to eligible beneficiaries through various corporations under the Employment Guarantee Scheme. It can be noted that the value of each vehicle is ₹5,81,000, of which ₹3,48,600 was provided as a subsidy from various Corporations and Civil Supplies Corporation.
However, the owners who bought the vehicles under EMI with the assurance given by the government are now facing new troubles. The finance companies that gave loan for the MDUs are reportedly demanding more than one EMI in a month which turned into a burden.
A few owners even complained that the companies are demanding 3-4 EMIs in a single month while there is no change in the salaries paid by the government. Upon which, all the vehicle drivers called for a boycott urging the government to respond.
It can be noted that the state government is to bear an additional cost of Rs 830 crore per annum for this door delivery system.