On the occasion of Sadhbavana Diwas (former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary – August 20th), Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot launched ‘Indira Rasoi Yojana’ via videoconferencing. Though each plate will be priced at Rs 20, the state government will grant subsidy of Rs 12 per plate and so under the scheme, food will be served at Rs 8 per meal. State government is going to spend Rs 100 crore on the scheme every year.
On 22 June 2020, Rajasthan Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot announced that the state government will soon launch a new scheme in Rajasthan “Indira Rasoi Yojana” “Indira Kitchen” that will provide pure and nutritious meals to the needy on concessional rates twice a day.
Earlier in December 2016, former State Government had launched the ‘Annapurna Rasoi Yojana’, a subsidised meal scheme offering breakfast and lunch for Rs 5 and Rs 8 respectively on the lines of ‘Amma Unavagam’ (mother’s canteen /Amma Canteens) of Tamil Nadu. As per Secretary, Local Self Government Department, Rajasthan the tenure of the Annapurna Rasoi Yojana had expired on March 31 this year.
Salient Features of Indira Rasoi Yojana
- The basic idea behind the scheme is to ensure that “no one sleeps hungry” in the state.
- The scheme targets to serve food to 1.34 lakh people per day in the state.
- Needy people living in the jurisdiction of urban local bodies will be getting nutritious meals twice a day at concessional rates.
- The state government will spend Rs 100 crore every year on the Indira Rasoi Yojna (Indira Kitchen Scheme).
- The rate for the meals are yet to be finalised.
- Local NGOs will also be roped in for the successful implementation of the scheme .
- A committee headed by the district collector will be monitoring this Yojana and effective monitoring will be done with the help of information technology.
- CM launched 325 kitchens out of the 358 proposed Indira Rasois in 213 urban bodies across the state.
- As part of the scheme, 100 grams of pulses, 100 grams of vegetables, 250 grams of chapati and pickles per plate will be provided to people