Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot recently directed his officials to commence Indira Rasoi Yojana from 20Th August 2020. The CM said it is another step towards realising the resolve of Rajasthan Government’s “No Hunger No Sleep”. Under this scheme, the needy and poor will get healthy and nutritious food at 8 Rs per plate. The state government will spend 100 Crores per year on the scheme.

About the Scheme

The Indira Rasoi Yojana named after former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, will run in 358 kitchens in 213 urban local bodies of the state. Under the Yojana a menu of 100 grams of pulses, 100 grams of vegetables, 250 grams of chapati and pickles will be served to 4.87 crore people every year. While all the necessary measures will be taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus a monitoring committee at the State and District level will be formed to ensure the quality of the food. All the beneficiary under this scheme will get the information about the Yojana on his or her mobile phone as he or she takes the coupon. Through an IT-enabled monitoring system the food preparation in the kitchen will be monitored through mobile apps and CCTV.

Background

Before this Annapurna Yojana was in the action however, the recently launched Indira Rasoi Yojana will be different. Beneficiaries won’t be fed through a movable kitchen installed in a van. A permanent kitchen with a place for people to sit will be instead. It is said that a total of 20 Rs. per plate will cost the government in which the state government will pay 12 Rs. and the remaining 8 Rs. will be paid by the beneficiary.

Construction

Construction of 2 kitchens per Municipality and 5 kitchens per City council and a maximum of 8 kitchens per municipal corporation will be done. The kitchen will be constructed in a government or NGO building. The construction will be done is such a manner that people can sit and eat on the premises itself. The management will be inspired by Chennai’s “Amma Ki Rasoi”.

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