The SAS Nagar administration in collaboration with the non-government organisation (NGO) Istri Sangthan pre-launched the ‘Sasta Bhojan’ scheme here at district administrative complex on Wednesday. Under the scheme, economic and hygienic meals will be provided for Rs 10. The scheme for needy and underprivileged will also be extended to students in the district.
As many as 250 packets of food were distributed at the pre-launch. Giving details about the project, deputy commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said, “As of now, the NGO Istri Sangthan, which provides mid-day meals in schools, is providing us the meal on no profit no loss basis. We are experimenting with the existing scheme of things and will be holding a meeting with Akshaya Patra Foundation regarding expansion of the scheme.”
The DC said in the coming months, the scheme will be extended to SAS Nagar sub-divisions and areas with student population that is Gharuan and Kharar.
The SAS Nagar administration will distribute 300 food packets on May 5 and 6 at the judicial court complex between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
From May 8 onwards, regular food packets will be distributed and in the initial stages, the scheme will be implemented in the urban areas of SAS Nagar.
Prominent spots such as Phase-6 civil hospital, its nearby bus stop and a suitable location near Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) building have been selected where 500 food packets will be distributed through two vans at each spot. The administration is also considering increasing the number of food packets.
- The food will be made available from May 8 at Phase-6 civil hospital, its nearby bus stop and a suitable location near PSEB building.
- As many as 500 packets will be distributed at all locations.
- In June, the scheme will be implemented at sub-divisional level.
- A Rs 10 meal will have a cooked vegetable, pickle and four chapatis.
The DC said eventually community kitchens will also be established for supplying food packets in cities as well as villages after coordinating with municipal corporation and village panchayats. The DC also urged the people not to litter around after eating from the packets.
Arvinder Singh, the manager of the NGO Istri Sangthan, said, "We already provide mid-day meals and the administration approached us to provide meal for the scheme also. A Rs 10 meal will have a cooked vegetable, pickle and four chapatis."
Additional deputy commissioner Charandev Singh Mann and sub-divisional magistrate Anuprita Johal were also present during the pre-launch, while local MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu was absent.