Chennai: The famous Amma canteens in the state of Tamil Nadu, which provide South Indian delicacies at affordable prices, have come under the scanner of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and lapses have been revealed in the operations of the same.
The famous Amma canteens are an initiative by the Jayalalithaa government, making food items available at affordable prices. According to the CAG report, Amma canteens have failed to abide by the principles of “regularity, propriety and economy”.
The report also suggested that the local bodies in Tamil Nadu, such as Chennai Corporation, were facing deficit due to increasing expenditure of Amma canteens.
The CAG report also reveals the cost of Rs 5 crore that the state government had to bear due to mismanagement in purchase of canteen items. The expenditure on Amma canteens had crossed Rs 100 crore in 2015 in Chennai alone.
However, the state government in its defence has said that Amma canteens should not be seen as a commercial venture, as it is a social welfare scheme. AIADMK has also mentioned that it will look into the matter and issue proper guidelines regarding the same.