Gandhinagar, September 7: Keeping the agenda of providing food for construction workers on the top, Gujarat government have launched Shramik Annapoorna Yojana across the state on July 18 of this year. This scheme has benefitted directly to more than 25,000 construction workers as 14 lakh meals are served till date.
Under this scheme, registered construction workers are provided with a plateful of food for a mere Rs 10 as the state government is giving a healthy subsidy of Rs 19 per meal. Under the Shramik Annapoorna Yojana, the meal includes rotis or theplas, mixed vegetable, cereals, rice, pickle or chutney, and green chilies daily and a sukhadi which is a local sweet once a week. Each meal provides 1,850 calories and weighs 700 grams.
Also, there are 43 such distribution points in Ahmedabad alone and 44 across the state in 11 cities including Gandhinagar, Kalol, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Valsad, Dharampur, Vapi, Bharuch and Ankleshwar. The meal under Shramik Annapoorna Yojana is served between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Interestingly, all the construction workers can enroll themselves at the saffron-coloured food outlets, that bear pictures of PM Modi, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel by filling out a form, following which they get a registration card.
However, the Shramik Annapoorna Yojana scheme is inspired from the Amma Canteens which then Chief Minister J. Jayalaithaa launched in 2013 in Tamil Nadu. The recently launched Indira Canteens in Bengaluru serve breakfast for Rs 5 and lunch and dinner for Rs 10 each. The only difference is that these canteens cater to the general public, unlike the food outlets in Gujarat that cater only to construction workers.