GHMC launches Rs 5 a meal
GHMC launches Rs 5 a meal, Rs 5 hot meal scheme, GHMC, Somesh Kumar. The beneficiaries of the project would be the migrant workers who cannot afford a meal at a hotel.
- In the pilot project inaugurated on Sunday, a vegetarian meal consisting of rice, dal or sambar, vegetables and pickle, was served for Rs 5
- The meal costs Rs 20, but GHMC subsidises Rs 15 per meal: Somesh Kumar
- GHMC partners with Akshaya Patra Foundation run by Hare Krishna Movement
- Scheme to be launched across the city after studying the pilot project
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) launched a pilot centre of its Rs 5 hot meal scheme at the Nampally Sarai on Sunday. For the pilot project, the civic body partnered with the Akshaya Patra Foundation, run by the Hare Krishna Movement, which would prepare the food. A vegetarian meal consisting of rice, dal or sambar, vegetables and pickle would be served. The civic body had earmarked Rs 11 crore for the project in the 2014-2015 budget.
“The beneficiaries of the project would be the migrant workers who cannot afford a meal at a hotel. Each plate would cost Rs 20 and the GHMC would offer a subsidy of Rs 15 to the public. We will charge only Rs 5 from them,” said GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar.
Many other stalls offering the scheme would be launched across the city in the coming few days.
“I have seen many poor people at labour addas and I have worked with many NGOs. So I felt that this was the right time to start such a programme in the city. We will now study the outcome of this project to understand and overcome the issues that crop up before we fully implement the programme,” added the civic chief.
Satya Gaura Chandra Dasa, president, Hare Krishna Movement, said that he appreciated the GHMC for taking up such a noble initiative.
For now, the GHMC has started this programme in collaboration with the Akshaya Patra Foundation but there is no confirmation if it would continue with the same institution in the future.
The Commissioner also stated that the civic body would be coming up with proposals for people who were willing to serve food to the poor on occasions like birth or death anniversaries and other such events, so that they too might join hands with the GHMC and serve the needy.
Floor leaders Diddi Rambabu (INC) and Singireddy Srinivas Reddy (TDP) echoed their support for the programme and said that initiatives like this would make the Corporation stand out.
Singireddy also advised the Commissioner to offer income tax exemption for the sponsors or donors who came forward to assist the scheme.