Breakfast for Rs 5, lunch for Rs 8: Vasundhara Raje launches Annapurna Rasois

The tagline for Vasundhara Raje's scheme, named Annapurna Rasoi Yojana, is: “Sabke liye bhojan, sabke liye sammaan (Food for all, respect for all)”.

Written by Mohammad Hamza Khan | Jaipur | Updated: December 16, 2016 8:59 am
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Taking a leaf out of former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa’s book, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday launched a subsidised meal scheme in the state. The tagline for the scheme, named Annapurna Rasoi Yojana, is: “Sabke liye bhojan, sabke liye sammaan (Food for all, respect for all)”.

 

A statement released by the government after the launch said: “The CM launched the scheme by feeding a morsel to a Dalit and a Gurjar woman at the (scheme’s) launch on Jaipur Municipal Corporation campus. The CM relished a hearty meal of bajre ki roti, lassun ki chutney and besan gate ki sabzi with Munni alias Kiran and Kailashi Gurjar in the presence of (UDH minister) Shrichand Kriplani, (BJP state president and) MLA Ashok Parnami, and Mayor Ashok Lahoti.” With breakfast for Rs 5 and lunch and dinner for Rs 8 each, the scheme aims to benefit “labourers, rickshaw pullers, auto-rickshaw drivers, students, working women, senior citizens, and others”.

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The meals will be provided through special vans, numbering 80 as of now. The scheme, which eventually aims to cover the entire state, has been launched at divisional headquarters in 12 districts. Over the next fortnight, Jaipur will have 25 vans, Jhalawar will have six while Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Kota, Bikaner and Bharatpur will have five vans each. Dungarpur and Banswara will have four vans each and Pratapgarh, Baran will have three vans each.

As per the Local Self Government department of Rajasthan, which is the nodal agency for the scheme, the meals will be cooked and served by staff trained in hospitality. Apart from seating arrangement around the van, the staff will have a special uniform, along with gloves, caps and aprons. The scheme is being implemented through Jeevan Sambal Trust. A government official said that the “cost of a meal will come to Rs 23.70 for a meal and Rs 21.70 for breakfast and of this, Rs 8 and Rs 5 will be borne by the customer, respectively, while the rest will be subsidised”.

The launch of the scheme comes at a time when the government is under pressure to appease Gujjars, whose reservation under Special Backward Classes Act was turned down by the High Court recently, and who have been threatening protests. “We have told the government to maintain the status quo. We have given them a seven-day ultimatum, nahi toh hum wahi karenge jo karte aayen hain (else we will have to do what we have done in the past),” Kirori Singh Bainsla, who led a Gujjar delegation for talks with the government, told mediapersons at the secretariat Thursday evening.

“There will be no talks after 22nd,” said Himmat Singh, spokesperson for Gujjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti.

The government has already filed an Special Leave Petition which is likely to be taken up on December 22.

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    ashok s
    Dec 15, 2016 at 11:33 pm
    Good scheme
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      Avinash
      Dec 16, 2016 at 2:18 am
      Now...how bhakts who commented on AAP ... will react here??????
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        claire smith
        Dec 16, 2016 at 2:24 am
        why not lt;br/gt;some give away water, some food, some laptop, some cycleslt;br/gt;buying votes has been and will continue
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          Dr.Fatima
          Dec 16, 2016 at 2:49 am
          Very good initiative.
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            gopal
            Dec 16, 2016 at 5:19 am
            good that one scheme from a state is tweaked and used by other states to meet their requirements..this would be a really good one for the daily wage earners..Only state unlikely to implement this is Kerala..after all we Malayalis have huge ego problem to go and have food in such outlets
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              hydel
              Dec 16, 2016 at 1:20 am
              Its unfair . . a person who consumes alcohol as first thing in the morning, is doing this with public money? . .what a waste? .. is she preparing it herself? .. . all those corrupt lalas are providing stolen rationed foodgrains and the people preparing are themselves malnourished .. so its just an election gimmick .. IT depts and election commission should track the funds.
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                KIRAN
                Dec 16, 2016 at 1:59 am
                Good policy.lt;br/gt;Don't supply that food to every one standing in the line. ask them for Adhar card number, so then only you will know who is real poor. if they don't have then help them to get one.
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                  Mayank
                  Dec 16, 2016 at 5:26 am
                  Food is a basic neccessity and too many in out country suffer from malnourishment and hunger. Subsidizing food is probably one of the few subsidies which are really effective. People who are struggling financially can at least not go hungry. Hopefully the food will be of good quality and nutritious.
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