Indira Canteen, one of the ambitious projects of Karnataka state government was inaugurated today in a bid to make Bengaluru ‘hunger free’ by serving affordable food. The canteens have been named after the late former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi after inaugurating the canteen tweeted: “Indira Canteen is another step towards the “Food for All” commitment of the Congress. I congratulate the Karnataka Govt for this initiative.” The state government has allotted a budget of Rs 100 crore for the canteens, as per Mint. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has downplayed the allegation that the government has been in a hurry to set up these canteens keeping next year’s state elections in mind to lure voters. “Programmes for the poor must be done in a hurry,” Siddaramaiah said. One of these 101 Indira Canteens is located at Kanakana Palya in Bengaluru which was opened today, the report added. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has also launched an android app called “Indira Canteen” in google play store so that people can know about location, menu etc. To mark the inauguration, today 101 Indira canteens will offer free dinner to visitors, said Bengaluru City mayor G Padmavathi, as per The Times of India.
Here are the five things you should know about the Indira Canteens:
1. In the initial phase of the project, there will be 101 canteens while more such canteens will be opened in the remaining 97 wards from October 2 to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday, as per Indian Express.
2. The canteens will serve vegetarian meals at a very low cost. They will provide breakfast at Rs 5 per plate while lunch and dinner will be at Rs 10 each. The timings for the breakfast is between 7.30 am and 10 am. The lunch hours will be from 12.30 pm to 3 pm while the dinner will be served between 7.30 pm and 9 pm.
3. Indira Canteens will provide different food items each day serving a wide range of South Indian dishes. The Breakfast menu includes Idli (everyday) or Puliyogare (Monday), Kharabath (Tuesday), Pongal (Wednesday), Rava Khichidi (Thursday), Chitranna (Friday), Vangibath (Saturday) and Chow Chow Bhat (Sunday), according to Bangalore Mirror report.
4. For lunch and dinner it will serve Anna-Mixed veg sambar and Mosarranna or Tomato bhat and curd rice chutney on Monday’s, Anna-Mangaluru southekayi sambar and Mosarranna or Mustard Chitranna and Mosaranna on Tuesday’s, Anna-Yellow pumpkin sambar and Mosaranna or Vangibhat and Mosaranna on Wednesday’s, Anna-Hirekai sambar and Mosaranna or Bisi Bele bhat and Mosaranna on Thursday’s, Anna-White pumpkin sambar and Mosaranna or Menthya Pulao and Mosaranna on Friday’s, Anna-Bittergourd sambar and Mosaranna or Puliyogare and Mosaranna on Saturday’s and on Sunday’s it will provide Anna-Brinjal sambar and Mosaranna or Darshini Pulao and Mosaranna, the report added.
5. Each canteen will have a capacity to serve a minimum of 300 persons everyday per breakfast/lunch/dinner. BBMP has launched “Indira Canteen” app where people can know about canteen location, menu list. The user can also give their ratings in the app. The app can be used in English and Kannada. The food will be prepared in 27 centralised kitchens set up in each of the 27 Assembly constituencies of Bengaluru, as per Bangalore Mirror.