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West Bengal Plans To Feed Nutritious Meals To Underprivileged In The State At Just Rs 5

Under West Bengal’s Maa scheme, the beneficiaries can avail a platter of nutritious meal which will include rice, dal, a vegetable dish and egg curry for Rs. 5

West Bengal Plans To Feed Nutritious Meals To Underprivileged In The State At Just Rs 5
Highlights
  • Under the Maa scheme, a platter of nutritious meal to be available at Rs 5
  • The scheme focuses on providing nutritious meals to the underprivileged
  • The West Bengal government will bear a subsidy of Rs 15, per plate

New Delhi: As the state prepares for Assembly Election in a few months, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee virtually launched a scheme to ensure the underprivileged in her state don’t go hungry. The scheme titled ‘Maa Kitchen’ would provide a meal at a nominal cost of Rs 5 mainly to those who can’t afford their meals.

Those who buy a meal under the Maa scheme, will be getting a platter of nutritious meal which will include rice, dal, a vegetable dish and egg curry for Rs. 5. CM Banerjee at the virtual launch on the scheme said,

The government will bear a subsidy of Rs 15 (per plate) while people will get it at Rs 5. This is the Maa Kitchen. We are proud of our Maa (mother). Wherever there is Maa, things will be good. We salute all mothers.

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She further explained that people will get the meal on a first-come-first-serve basis and various self-help groups will operate the kitchens from 1 pm to 3 pm every day. Such kitchens will be set up across the state gradually.

I will also go and taste it one day. This is a unique idea. We had announced this scheme in the budget and managed to launch it within eight days, CM Banerjee said.

The West Bengal government has allotted Rs 100 crore for the ‘Maa’ scheme. She says that they will implement the scheme immediately on an experimental basis and then solve any initial hiccups that come to light to ensure everyone in her state has access to nutritious food.

The West Bengal government had in September last year also launched a similar initiative named – ‘Didir Rannaghar’ in the state, where they provided nutritious meals at Rs 5 to migrant workers who lost their jobs during the lockdown and the subsequent migrant crisis.

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NDTV talked to some of the beneficiaries of the Maa Kitchen scheme, who hoped that the scheme continues for the entire year.

I leave for work in the morning. It’s our good luck if we get food at Rs. 5, a man who came to sample the food tells NDTV.

Another beneficiary, an old woman, said,

If I have to eat vegetables and rice, it costs ₹ 25. It’s unbelievable we are getting a meal at ₹ 5. If we get it the whole year, it will be very good.

Maa kitchens have began functioning at a few places in Kolkata and districts such as Malda, Dakshin Dinajpur, Paschim Medinipur and Howrah.

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33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

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9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

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15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

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6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

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13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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