Haryana to provide subsidised food to construction workers

Chandigarh, Feb 24 (IANS) Construction labourers in Haryana will be able to get food at subsidised rates near their place of work, the government announced on Friday.

The food, breakfast for Rs five and full-course meal for Rs 10 per person, will be distributed through mobile vans.

“While they would be provided cheap yet wholesome food right at their work place, mobile vans would be deployed to make food available to the poor at labour chowks,” a spokesman said here.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Labour Department held here on Friday to review plans of the Haryana Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board to start canteens under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) to provide food at affordable prices to construction workers and poor people.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who presided over the meeting, issued directions that the scheme be given shape within a month.

Khattar said that initially, the scheme would be started for one year and non-governmental organisations and social organisations would also be involved in its implementation.