Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has inaugurated the first two canteens planned for Gurgaon under Antyodaya Aahar Yojana via video conference on Saturday. Now, meals in these canteens will be available for a subsidised rate of just Rs 10. Khattar during the conference said that this initiative will benefit the poor with the meal being worth a total of 1,150 calories. the actual cost of each plate is Rs 20 but state government will be paying half of the price and the rest will be paid by the beneficiary. The canteen is located at a night shelter in Bhim Nagar which can accommodate atleast 100 people at a time. These facilities have been made available in places like Faridabad, Hisar and Yamunanagar. For Rs 10 meal, a beneficiary will be entitled to dal, rice, sabzi and chapatti. Some of the workers who had their meal at the canteen said that the quality of food is much better than expected as such a rate.
This is not the first time a that a state government has taken the initiative to offer food to poor at a subsidised rate. Last year CM Siddaramaiah had opened over 100 Indira canteens in Bengaluru which would offer food at subsidised rate to the poor. In August, Karnataka Government had launched 101 canteens, called Indira canteens, that serve subsidised food across Bengaluru. Amma Unavagam (canteen) initiative launched by the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa too is based on the same lines. Launched in February 2013 in Chennai, Amma Canteens have become a raging success and expansion is happening at a rapid rate. In these canteens, one idli is sold at Re 1, curd rice at Rs 3 and sambar rice at Rs 5. Rajasthan government too had launched similar canteen meal with subsidised rate called Annapurna Rasoi.