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To Go Hunger-Free Kerala Launches Rs. 25 Meals At Select Food Courts And Free Food Delivery For Bedridden

Presented by the state Finance Minister Thomas Isaac, the state budget 2020-21 focuses on making Kerala a hunger-free state

To Go Hunger-Free Kerala Launches Rs. 25 Meals At Select Food Courts And, Free Food Delivery For Bedridden

New Delhi: While presenting the state budget on Friday (February 7) the state Finance Minister Thomas Isaac announced that the state government aims to make the state hunger-free. For this, the state government has proposed a new project ‘Hunger-Free Kerala’. Under this project, the government proposes to supply free food to bedridden patients at their residence and to set up 1,000 food courts to provide cooked wholesome meals at Rs. 25 to the poor. For this project, a sum of Rs. 20 crore has been allocated in the state budget 2020-21. While talking about the new project during his speech, Mr. Isaac quoted the words of Malayalam poet Balachandran Chullikkad and said,

Food for the hungry, water for the thirsty, blanket for the chilled and bed for the exhausted is the definition for independence. In the country which has been sliding down in its ranking in the World Hunger Index, in order to make Kerala a hunger-free state, the government had proposed this scheme.

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He further said that the proposed 1,000 food courts providing subsidised meals will be operated by women under Kudumbshree programme which is the poverty eradication and women empowerment programme being implemented by the Kerala government since 1997. The state Finance Minister said,

The Department of Food and Civil Supplies will provide rice and other food materials at a subsidised rate for the Hunger-Free Kerala project and at least 10 per cent of the meals at each Kudumbshree hotel will be provided for free.

According to Anil Kumar, an official at Kerala Secretariat, the Rs. 25 meal will include a bowl of rice, along with traditional dishes of the state, to not only combat hunger but also keep up the nutritional levels of the financially poor and needy people of the state. He asserted that the menu and the number of people to be served per day will be decided soon. Mr. Kumar said that a similar projects have been going on for the past two years in Alappuzha District, where the Finance Minister is the MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) and it also started recently in Thiruvananthapuram. He said,

It is really nice to see that the Finance Minister is trying to take ‘Hunger-Free project’ to the state level.

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In his speech, FM Issac highlighted that two blocks of Alappuzha district — Ambalappuzha and Cherthala will be declared hunger-free by April.

The state government of Kerala is also running another initiative to combat hunger called ‘P Krishna Pillai Memorial Pain and Palliative Care Society’ in Alappuzha with help from the state Finance Minister and voluntary organisations. Under this initiative, bedridden patients and poor people in 80 wards of four panchayats are being served free food, delivered to their houses by volunteers.

The impact of these efforts of Kerala has been evident from the NITI (National Institute for Transforming India) Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index 2019 report in which Kerala was among the five states performing best on the SDG 2: Zero Hunger.

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State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,39,296 518

10,528 298

64,87,593 811

1,41,175 5

Kerala

51,69,198 3,277

41,386 2,724

50,86,044 5,833

41,768 168

Karnataka

29,98,400 301

7,096 65

29,53,067 359

38,237 7

Tamil Nadu

27,31,235 719

8,013 28

26,86,683 737

36,539 10

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,852 122

2,030 92

20,57,369 213

14,453 1

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,485 10

137 3

16,87,437 7

22,911

West Bengal

16,19,722 465

7,590 49

15,92,579 505

19,553 9

Delhi

14,41,398 40

344 26

14,15,955 65

25,099 1

Odisha

10,50,354 105

2,010 144

10,39,921 248

8,423 1

Chhattisgarh

10,07,011 44

337 7

9,93,081 37

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,920 29

221 0

9,45,743 28

8,956 1

Gujarat

8,27,745 38

350 1

8,17,300 37

10,095

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,258 17

137 4

7,82,593 13

10,528

Haryana

7,71,851 32

203 18

7,61,594 14

10,054

Bihar

7,26,244 7

28 2

7,14,126 5

12,090

Telangana

6,77,138 195

3,810 23

6,69,328 171

4,000 1

Assam

6,17,758 182

2,544 54

6,09,088 122

6,126 6

Punjab

6,03,509 21

333 28

5,86,565 46

16,611 3

Jharkhand

3,49,352 10

131 4

3,44,080 6

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,364 11

172 2

3,36,781 13

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,915 108

1,661 45

3,31,771 151

4,483 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,630 112

776 21

2,23,001 90

3,853 1

Goa

1,79,209 35

413 1

1,75,409 34

3,387

Mizoram

1,36,784 330

3,120 19

1,33,156 310

508 1

Puducherry

1,29,093 8

250 30

1,26,968 38

1,875

Manipur

1,25,389 29

341 12

1,23,063 38

1,985 3

Tripura

84,866 8

93 3

83,948 5

825

Meghalaya

84,599 16

246 2

82,878 14

1,475

Chandigarh

65,500 12

62 4

64,618 8

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,294 1

35 1

54,979 2

280

Sikkim

32,374 5

214 1

31,755 6

405

Nagaland

32,140 4

120 3

31,321 1

699

Ladakh

21,723 9

270 25

21,238 34

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,404

10 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,690 2

3 1

7,558 3

129

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