Madhya Pradesh became the third state in the country after Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan to provide a ‘wholesome’ meal to poor at an affordable price with the launch of Deendayal Rasoi Yojana.
Named as Deendayal Antyodaya Rasoi Yojana, after the BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya, the scheme was launched in 49 of the 51 districts across the state. Good quality, nutritious and delicious food would be made be available to the poor and needy at Rs. 5/- Government said more than one center would be set up in big cities in accordance to local needs.
“I will ensure that no one in the state would sleep without food. After this scheme, the government will also ensure a roof for all homeless under `housing for all’ scheme”, said chief minister Chouhan while addressing a gathering during the launch of the scheme.
Government officials said, anyone can have a wholesome meal at Rs. 5/- which includes four chapattis, one vegetable curry, a Dal and a sweet every day between 11 am to 3 pm. The arrangement would cater to at least 2000 persons every day.
Deendayal Rasoi Yojana will be implemented in at least one place in every district. More than one center would be set up in big cities in accordance to local needs. The district Level Coordination and Monitoring Committee would monitor this arrangement and proper implantation of scheme
The wheat and rice would be made available at these canteens at Rs. 1/- each through fair price shops. Local municipal bodies will make the water and electricity available free-of-cost. The funds for setting up these centers would be made available under Chief Minister’s Urban Infrastructure Scheme.