Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday, June 22, announced that the state government will soon launch 'Indira Rasoi Yojana' to provide meals to the poor at a concessional rate.
The scheme aims to ensure that ''no one sleeps hungry" in the state and will provide food twice a day at concessional rates to the poor. However, the rate for the meals is yet to be finalised.
"There is a dearth of nutritious food and it is with the idea that nobody goes to sleep hungry that I am announcing this today. Indira Gandhi was a great leader and the reason behind the creation of Bangladesh, she brought in the Green Revolution, conducted the nuclear tests in Phokran during 1974. In the memory of the great leader, we have decided that Indira Rasoi Yojana will be started soon under which nobody will sleep hungry," Gehlot was quoted by The Indian Express.
For the scheme, the state government will spend Rs 100 crore every year. Local NGOs will also be roped in to ensure the functioning of the scheme, Gehlot added.
"The scheme will function after keeping in mind the requirements and tastes of every municipality. Information Technology will be used to ensure smooth functioning and monitoring of the Yojana. A committee headed by the district collector will be monitoring this Yojana," the CM said.
The CM was addressing a state-level inauguration meeting for the COVID-19 awareness campaign through video conference from his residence.
Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje accused the ruling Congress of renaming food scheme 'Annapurna Rasoi Yojana' which Raje had launched.
"Expert in changing the names of our schemes, the Congress has renamed the Annapurna Rasoi as Indira Rasoi Yojana. But at least better late than never. Even if it took renaming but at the end due to the demand of the public they had to start our Annapurna Rasoi Yojana. The government should change itself rather than names otherwise the public will change everything," Raje tweeted in Hindi.
Three years ago, Raje had launched the subsidised meal scheme offering breakfast and lunch for Rs 5 and Rs 8 respectively.