Late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's Amma canteens have probably found a new fan, but in Rajasthan
Late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s Amma canteens have probably found a new fan, but in Rajasthan. On Thursday, the Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje launched a similar scheme named ‘Annapurna Rasoi Yojana’ with the tagline “Sabke liye bhojan, sabke liye sammaan (Food for all, respect for all)”, The Indian Express reported today.
Raje launched the scheme by feeding a morsel to a Dalit and Gurjar woman at Jaipur Municipal Corporation campus. The CM also enjoyed “bajre ki roti, lassun ki chutney and besan gate ki sabzi” along with the two women, said a state government release.
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Under the scheme, the government will provide breakfast for Rs 5 and lunch and dinner for Rs 8 to the poor. The release said, “The scheme aims to benefit labourers, rickshaw pullers, auto-rickshaw drivers, students, working women, senior citizens, and others”.
At present, Rajasthan government has introduced 80 vehicles to cover headquarters of 12 districts — Jaipur, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Kota, Bikaner, Bharatpur, Dungarpur, Banswara, Pratapgarh and Baran. The government aims to take the scheme to all districts of the state.
The nodal agency for the scheme in Rajasthan is the Local Self Government department. According to IE, the vans will provide food cooked by staff trained in hospitality. While the total cost of food for the government will come around Rs 23.70 for a meal and Rs 21.70 for breakfast, the customers will have to pay only Rs 8 and Rs 5 respectively.
Jayalalithaa’s Amma Canteen or Amma Unnavagam, was one of her most famous schemes. Under the scheme, one can get a meal for just Rs 5. The Tamil Nadu government reportedly spends anywhere between Rs 200-300 crore on the scheme.
According to an Indian Express report, the menu in the Amma canteens is simple, consisting of idlis and pongal for breakfast, three varieties of pre-mixed rice for lunch (the Sambhar Rice and Curd Rice that cost just Rs 3 each are a constant, while the third dish is either a Lemon Rice or a Curry Leaf Rice), and chapattis (Rs 3 for two) served with a complimentary dal for dinner. The model of providing subsidised clean and healthy food has been cited many times in media and often seen as a step that other states should also emulate.