Jaipur, August 24: With the view to provide food at the cheap rates to the needy and poor, Rajasthan government had earlier launched the Annapurna Kitchen scheme across the state. But after monitoring the desire of the people, the government has decided to provide more nutritious food with 30-40 percent hike in quantity. Importantly, now foods under this scheme will be available for free at government hospital across the state.
Notably, the decision of 30-40 percent hike in food quantity was approved in a meeting jointly chaired by UDH minister Srichand Kriplani and health minister Kalicharan Sarraf at the secretariat on Monday. Also, the food soon will be served free of cost at government hospital across the state and health department will bear the entire expenditure.
In accordance with the decision taken in the meeting, consumers will get 100 gram more food in breakfast and lunch at Annapurna Kitchen scheme across the state. Soon, the breakfast will be increased to 350 grams from 250 and lunch or dinner to 450 gram from 350. This hike is about 40 percent in the breakfast and 30 percent in lunch or dinner.
Annapurna Rasoi Scheme, which was launched to provide meals at a subsidized rate to the common man through mobile vans, also decided to be expanded to more regions of the state. Under this scheme, possibilities would be searched to set up permanent kiosks at selected venues so that the beneficiaries can access cheaper food anytime at one place.
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje recently reviewed the scheme and directed the officials to cover headquarters under it so as to provide food at free of cost to the relatives or caretakers of patients coming to hospitals, so that they do not have to wander for quality food. She had also stressed upon improving quality and quantity of food under the scheme and also expressed happiness over increasing the quantity of food being served currently. The meeting by the two ministers was held in the continuance of the directions.
The senior officials with LSG department informed that the scheme has received good response from students, labourers and others since its launch. By December 2017, all sub divisional headquarters will be under the scheme. Currently, it is running in 18 cities.
CM Raje, in December 2016, launched this subsidized meal scheme. The tagline for the scheme, named Annapurna Rasoi Yojana is, “Sabke Liye Bhojan, Sabke Liye Sammaan (food for all, respect for all)”. With breakfast for Rs 5 and lunch and dinner for Rs 8 each, the scheme aims to benefit students, working women, senior citizens and labourers.