THE STATE Government has decided to replicate Morena district’s ‘Sanjha chulha (common kitchen)’ scheme in other predominantly tribals districts of the state.
The scheme was conceptualised by Morena district collector Akash Tripathi. In order to ensure food security to the families of Saharia tribe in Morena district a novel Sanjha Chulha (common kitchen) scheme was simultaneously introduced in 29 villages of three blocks of the district from October 12.
Food security is a major problem for primitive Saharia tribe who reside in Pahardgarh, Sabalgarh and Kailaras blocks of Morena district.
Under the Sanjha Chulha scheme initially such beneficiaries of Saharia and other tribes were identified in these 29 villages who are receiving social security pension and old age pension. Subsequently, such persons were identified who are ineligible for both these pensions for technical reasons.
The beneficiaries selected under the scheme are being provided free food once everyday. They have been issued a card by producing which they get the food and it is recorded on the card.
The food in these villages is arranged in the kitchen meant for cooking of mid-day meal for primary schools through BPL self-help groups. The food for these beneficiaries is cooked in this kitchen; hence the scheme has been christened Sanjha Chulha. However, separate utensils etc have been provided for these beneficiaries.
The menu for school children and these beneficiaries is the same. Separate allotment is being made for pulses, salt, oil, spices, fuel etc. Funds for this are also being mobilised from the gram panchayats, Red Cross Fund and public contribution.