‘Saadi Rasoi’ – a concept of providing wholesome food at cheap rates to the needy, an initiative of the district administration in Ludhiana, in collaboration with NGO Anna-Jal Sewa Trust is all set to begin on Sunday. Indian Express reported that a full meal (thaali) will be available at Red Cross Building on Brown road near Old Civil Hospital building for merely Rs 10 starting today. To date, it has been initiated in Fazilka, Mohali (SAS Nagar) Muktsar and Nawanshahr, where the meals are being provided for Rs 5 while in other four districts it is for Rs 10. Ludhiana will be the fifth district to start this facility.
It is to be noted that Congress in its manifesto promised to provide cheap meals for the poor at cost of Rs 5. NGO Anna-Jal Sewa Trust – which is already providing free meal service (langar) to attendants of patients in Civil Hospital. The Indian Express quoted the president of the trust, Shivram Saroay as saying,“It is going to be an extension of the noble cause being done by the organisation.” He further said that the trust – which has a kitchen and enough donors who provide them with ration and other items – decided to collaborate with the new government and get along with them by taking responsibility to promote the scheme. Coupons will be distributed from at 12 noon and food will be served till 3 pm daily, he added.
Under the scheme, the poor will be served four chapattis, rice, dal and sabzi. The scheme will serve poor people and people in need, and people who work near the railway station and civil hospital like rickshaw pullers, labourers and those who come from far off places.