Maharashtra launches Rs 10 lunch plate scheme on pilot foundation – ET Retail


MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra authorities on Sunday launched its much-awaited ‘Shiv Bhojan’ scheme, which is aimed toward offering a meal to the poor for simply Rs 10, on the event of the 71st Republic Day.

Below the scheme, which was launched on a pilot foundation, thalis or lunch plates could be accessible to individuals at designated centres/ canteens throughout a stipulated time in all of the districts.

Launching of the scheme was one of many ballot guarantees made by the Shiv Sena, which shares energy with the NCP and Congress in a coalition authorities.

In Mumbai, district guardian minister Aslam Shaikh inaugurated the “Shiv Bhojan Thali” canteen on the civic-run Nair hospital.

An identical centre was unveiled by Tourism Minister and Mumbai suburban district guardian minister Aaditya Thackeray on the collector’s workplace in Bandra.

Guardian ministers of Pune and Nashik, Ajit Pawar and Chhagan Bhujbal formally launched the scheme of their respective districts.

Below the pilot scheme, a minimum of one ‘Shiv Bhojan’ canteen has been began at district headquarters.

In accordance with officers, guardian ministers and different dignitaries inaugurated the facilities in numerous districts.

The ‘thali’ consists of two chapatis, one vegetable, rice and dal.

The thalis could be accessible for individuals between 12 midday and a pair of pm, officers mentioned, including that every canteen goes to serve a minimum of 500 thalis (plates) per day.

On the inaugural day, scores of individuals queued up at many such centres at numerous locations.

Whereas some individuals praised the scheme and high quality of meals, some others demanded that the present two-hour time be prolonged.

“The objective of the scheme is to supply inexpensive and high quality meals to all, no matter caste, creed, faith and monetary standing,” tweeted Aaditya Thackeray, after the inauguration of the middle.

The state authorities is predicted to incur an expenditure of Rs 6.four crore for the pilot ‘Shiv Bhojan’ thali challenge that can run for 3 months.

Though the client must pay simply Rs 10 per thali, the precise value of the meals might be Rs 50 every in city centres and Rs 35 in rural areas. The stability quantity might be given as grant to the district collectorate, in line with officers.

The choice on extending the scheme to different components of the state could be dependent upon the response.

These canteens will operate at locations the place poor individuals work or reside like at markets, district hospitals, bus stations, railway stations and authorities places of work.

“Initially, 50 ‘Shiv Bhojan’ shops might be arrange for individuals the place full meals might be accessible at Rs 10. We’ll broaden the variety of such shops phase-wise relying on suggestions,” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had advised the Legislative Meeting.


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