On the occasion of 75th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of the country, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot introduced the Indira Rasoi scheme through video conference. He said that Indira Rasoi Yojana is one such unique scheme in the state in which nutritious food will be provided to urban poor families at a subsidized rate.
Through Indira Rasoi Yojana, pure, fresh and nutritious food will be available to the needy for just 8 rupees. With this scheme, the population migrating from rural areas to urban areas, such as railway stations, bus stands, hospitals, laborers’ checkpoints, poor families living in various mandis and kutcha settlements will be able to get nutritious, healthy, midday and dinner at affordable rates.
Gehlot said that ‘the main objective of this scheme is that no person in the state should go hungry and the benefits of the scheme reach the last person of the state and they can get food at affordable rates.’
Under the scheme, food will be given to the beneficiaries at Rs 8 per plate and Rs 12 per plate will be payable by the state government. Under Indira Rasoi, food, lunch and dinner will be operated at designated places from 8.30 am to 1 pm and as dinner from 5 pm to 8 pm.
358 Indira kitchens will operate in 213 municipal bodies of the state. The target is to benefit 1.34 lakh persons daily and 4.87 crore people per year under the scheme. About 100 crore rupees are estimated to be spent annually on the scheme. The menu will be 100 grams of pulses, 100 grams of vegetables, 250 grams of chapati and pickles.
Gehlot said that ‘this scheme is being started from urban areas, but if the need arises and voluntary organizations come forward, the scheme will be expanded in the towns and villages of the state. He said that there will be no shortage of funds for this scheme.
Minister Shanti Dhariwal said that Chief Minister Gehlot had announced in the budget in March this year that a plan would be chalked out to ensure that no one goes to sleep hungry in the state. Interestingly, the Indira Rasois will be fully digital and will have CCTV cameras installed to ensure that the quality of food and cleanliness of premises is maintained.
Written By Chanderveer Singh
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