In a step quite similar to that taken by former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa where ‘Amma’ canteens are running successfully, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government is planning to start a canteen for the poor, where a full meal priced at Rs 5 only will be offered to all. The state is planning to start ‘Annapurna’ canteens so that nobody in the state remains hungry.
Earlier, a report by Jansatta had said that the government will start canteens in the state, which will provide breakfast at Rs 3 and thereafter a meal priced at Rs 5. The report further said that a draft has already been made on the plan and canteens will be set up all across the state soon.
Items like Dalia, Idli-Sambhar, poha, tea and other snacks will be included in breakfast for Rs 3, while vegetables, pulses, rice and roti will be included in lunch for Rs 5. The plan, which is being introduced keeping poor people in mind, is expected to start soon.
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In similar fashion, Madhya Pradesh government on April 7 started the Deendayal Rasoi Yojana offering meal to the poor for Rs 5 only. It was launched by state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from Gwalior. The scheme has already started in 49 of 51 district headquarters of the state, a report had said.
Deendayal Rasoi Yojana will not only offer healthy and proper food to the poor, but also provide an opportunity for social service. Under this scheme pulses, vegetables and 4 rotis will be included in a thali.
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Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath, while speaking in Jhansi on April 20, had assured that no poor will remain hungry or die without treatment during his tenure. He had also promised regular power supply in state linking Bundelkhand with six lanes.
Soon after coming to power in Tamil Nadu in 2013, then chief minister J Jayalalithaa government had started Amma canteens where poor were offered meal at cheap rates, an Indian Express report said. For example, one idli was offered for Re 1, while sambhar rice and curd rice were offered at Rs 3 each.