The Karnataka government’s flagship programme ‘Indira Canteen’ is all set to roll out today i.e. Wednesday with 101 canteens to be inaugurated in the city to provide affordable food to all.

The move is believed to help the Siddaramaiah government reach out to the poor and the downtrodden people of the state.

According to reports, the breakfast would be served for Rs 5 and lunch and dinner for Rs 10 at every Indira Canteen.

Karnataka Congress Secretary Madhu Yashki Goud said that through Indira Canteen, people would be able to eat all three meals of the day for as cheap as Rs 25.

“Demonetisation has left a huge impact on the poor people, who are now not able to get two square meals a day. Through the Indira Canteen, which is the flagship programme of Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah, people will be able to get a good meal within Rs 25”, Goud said.

The food will be served for free on the inaugural day with a list of dignitaries, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi attending the event.

In the initial phase, the canteens will dish out 500 meals in each session (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and based on the response by the public, the number will be increased or decreased.

Manoj Rajan, special commissioner, Indira Canteen, said that there would be a token system for the combo meals.

Similar to McDonald’s and Domino’s, we have introduced the token system for combo meals. A combo is available both for breakfast and lunch where you get a combination of food. Idlis along with a rice meal such as vangi bath will serve as breakfast combo while rice sambar along with pulao or what is special on that day will serve as lunch combo,” Manoj Rajan, special commissioner, Indira Canteen, said.

The project was announced by the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah when he presented his budget this year on March 15, 2017.

First Published | 16 August 2017 12:31 PM
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