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State-Run Outlets ‘Amma Canteens’ Resume Providing Free Food During The 12-Day COVID-19 Lockdown In 4 Tamil Nadu Districts

With restaurants and eateries shut, Amma Canteens will provide free food to the people during the stringent lockdown re-imposed in four districts between June 19 and June 30 to fight COVID-19

State-Run Outlets ‘Amma Canteens’ Resume Providing Free Food During The 12-Day COVID-19 Lockdown In 4 Tamil Nadu Districts
Highlights
  • Tamil Nadu imposed 12-day strict lockdown to fight COVID-19 in 4 districts
  • Amma canteens are providing free food to those in need
  • Amma Canteen is a food subsidization scheme run by the state government

New Delhi: The state of Tamil Nadu has re-imposed a strict 12-day lockdown in four districts- Chennai, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Tiruvallur, in order to tackle the rising cases of COVID-19 from June 19 to June 30. In the view of this, Amma Unavagam, popularly known as Amma Canteen, has stepped up to provide relief to the poor and needy by distributing free food during this period. Amma Canteens are the state-run food outlets in Tamil Nadu that serve food at low prices with an aim to ensure food security. According to an official of the Greater Chennai Corporation, nearly 10 lakh people are expected to get food in over 400 Amma Canteens every day.

Also Read: COVID-19: Tamil Nadu Locks Down Major Districts As Situation Deteriorates, Should Other Hotspots Follow Suit? Doctors Speak

While talking to NDTV about the state’s initiative to provide free food, the official said that various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have offered to donate food and relief material and MLAs (Members of Legislative Assembly) are also chipping in after Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced on June 18 that Amma Canteens will be providing free food to the needy people in four districts during the 12-day lockdown. The official said,

The aim is to provide relief to the economically weaker sections in Chennai and surrounding areas since the lockdown has hit the migrant workers and daily wage labourers the most. Also, there are students and elderlies living alone who need support. Through Amma Canteen, we provided free food earlier also when the nationwide lockdown started and now again as the strict lockdown has been re-imposed. This is the time we all should come together and make sure that no one goes hungry. Hunger also reduces immunity of the body and thus making the poor more vulnerable to the pandemic.

He further added that Chief Minister Palaniswami has also asked community halls to cook and distribute food to the senior citizens and needy to their homes.

Also Read: 86 Percent Of COVID-19 Cases In Tamil Nadu Asymptomatic, Says Chief Minister K Palaniswami

Amma Canteens have been playing an important role in providing relief to the needy since the start of the pandemic. It had distributed free food during the lockdown period till May 31. After that, it stopped distributing the free food but continued providing food at subsidised rates. Now, again it has started providing food at free of cost to help the poor cope with the pandemic.

The food served in Amma Canteens is primarily South Indian Food including idli, sambhar, rice, curd rice, Pongal, lemon rice and curry leaf rice. During the normal day, the dishes are offered at low prices: Rs. 1 for an idli, Rs. 5 for a plate of sambhar rice, Rs. 5 for a plate of curry leave rice and Rs. 3 for a plate of curd rice.

Amrita Johri, an activist associated with Roti Rozi Adhikaar Abhiyan, a people’s movement working for the rights of the daily wage workers and urban poor, said that initiatives involving community kitchens to provide cooked food at a lower cost or free of cost like Tamil Nadu’s Amma canteens, Karnataka’s Indira Kitchen, Telangana’s Annapurna meals, Odisha’s Ahar Yojna and Maharashtra’s Shiv Bhojanalyas are a more effective solution to food security issues among seasonal migrants.

Also Read: COVID-19: Tamil Nadu Gives Nod For Treatment At Home For People With Mild Symptoms

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State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
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65,24,498 2,583

45,229 1,281

63,40,723 3,836

1,38,546 28

Kerala

45,24,158 15,692

1,67,578 6,623

43,32,897 22,223

23,683 92

Karnataka

29,68,543 677

14,386 1,025

29,16,530 1,678

37,627 24

Tamil Nadu

26,47,041 1,661

16,984 15

25,94,697 1,623

35,360 23

Andhra Pradesh

20,39,529 839

14,388 311

20,11,063 1,142

14,078 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,680 11

194 4

16,86,599 15

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,173 524

7,810 96

15,35,699 608

18,664 12

Delhi

14,38,517 20

379 8

14,13,053 28

25,085

Odisha

10,20,754 510

4,947 96

10,07,666 600

8,141 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,094 38

297 7

9,91,234 43

13,563 2

Rajasthan

9,54,263 9

91 10

9,45,218 19

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,737 14

133 3

8,15,522 17

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,402 8

96 0

7,81,789 8

10,517

Haryana

7,70,746 13

340 6

7,60,598 7

9,808

Bihar

7,25,901 7

69 1

7,16,173 8

9,659

Telangana

6,63,662 208

4,991 14

6,54,765 220

3,906 2

Punjab

6,01,323 59

307 10

5,84,517 38

16,499 31

Assam

5,98,423 455

4,984 72

5,87,632 517

5,807 10

Jharkhand

3,48,125 9

55 1

3,42,937 10

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,393 11

267 6

3,35,736 17

7,390

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,069 128

1,461 32

3,22,191 159

4,417 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,140 234

1,616 54

2,11,871 177

3,653 3

Goa

1,75,583 85

810 36

1,71,478 48

3,295 1

Puducherry

1,25,517 54

867 56

1,22,818 109

1,832 1

Manipur

1,18,673 178

2,183 6

1,14,658 183

1,832 1

Tripura

83,905 51

346 10

82,750 40

809 1

Mizoram

81,460 1,731

15,140 1,008

66,057 721

263 2

Meghalaya

79,667 174

1,896 5

76,391 168

1,380 1

Chandigarh

65,188 7

41 4

64,329 3

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,126 56

410 12

53,444 67

272 1

Sikkim

30,971 16

654 59

29,937 74

380 1

Nagaland

30,907 43

467 17

29,786 59

654 1

Ladakh

20,737 7

138 4

20,392 3

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 1

10,666 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,359 3

8 3

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,600

13 0

7,458

129

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