Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath’s government to open “Annapurna Bhojanalayas with full meals at Rs5
Lucknow,May4: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath’s government has said it would soon open “Annapurna Bhojanalayas” throughout the state to provide full meals at Rs 5 for the poor.
The scheme has been announced on Twitter by CM Adityanath’s office, saying it has come up with the decision for ensuring that no one goes hungry in UP. The Annapurna Bhojanalaya will serve unlimited portions, it said.
Breakfast, which could include porridge, tea, pakoras and poha, will cost Rs 3 and lunch and dinner, with rice, chapatti, dal and seasonal vegetables, will cost Rs 5 each.
The Yogi Adityanath government, sources said, had begun work on the scheme days after it took over in March, but the formal launch will take a few more weeks.
It plans to set up 200 of such subsidized kitchens across the state and urban and semi-urban areas are being identified to ensure the poor benefit.
The UP government’s labour department will set up the kitchens and will rope in NGOs to help run and maintain them.
Tamil Nadu’s former chief minister J Jayalalithaa is credited with launching the first such mass subsidised canteens. But while hers were branded Amma or mother, as she was called by lakhs of adoring fans and supporters, Yogi Adityanath’s kitchens will not bear the Chief Minister’s name. The BJP government in Rajasthan runs subsidised Annapurna Rasoi or kitchens for the poor.
In one of his first moves after he took oath in March this year, the 44-year-old UP Chief Minister renamed a number of schemes run by the previous Akhilesh Yadav government of the Samajwadi Party, removing the word “Samajwadi” and replacing it with the generic Mukhyamantri or Chief Minister.
But he has allowed about 35,000 schoolbags emblazoned with images of his predecessor Akhilesh Yadav to be distributed in schools to ensure that public money is not wasted and the bags reach students in time for the new session.
The schoolbags were printed before Akhilesh Yadav lost power in the March election, won by the BJP with a landslide mandate.
The next batch will simply say “Mukhyamantri Yojana,” officials said.