NEW DELHI -- Taking its cue from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's 'Amma Canteens,' the Delhi government is on the verge of setting up 'Aam Aadmi Canteens,' where breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available in the price range of Rs5 to Rs10 in the national capital.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today signed off on this initiative by the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) which aims to provide nutritious food in industrial areas, slums, hospitals, commercial hubs and colleges.
DDC Vice-Chairman Ashish Khetan told reporters today that the Chennai Municipal Corporation operates around 225 canteens at the annual cost of 65 crores. A "detailed roadmap," he said, has been prepared on the operation and funding of the proposed canteens.
Khetan said that Delhi has around 10 to 15 lakh construction workers, around 4.2 lakh families living in 685 slums, and around five lakh street hawkers.
The Aam Aadmi Canteens will replace the Jan Aahar Yojana which was launched in 2010 by Delhi's former chief minister Sheila Dikshit with similar goal of providing hygienic food to the poor.
Khetan did not provide details on the current status of the Jan Aahar scheme, but he said its canteens had served unhygienic food.
"We don't want to repeat with Jan Aahar," he said. "There will be checks and balances to ensure that quality and nutritious food is provided in proper quantities."