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Raje flags off second phase of Annapurna kitchen in Ajmer

Chief minister Vashundhara Raje on Monday flagged off 51 Annapurna mobile kitchens in Ajmer to make food available to poor people at an affordable price ahead of the bypoll in Ajmer Lok Sabha seat

jaipur Updated: Oct 16, 2017 20:16 IST
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Chief minister Vasundhara Raje serves food to a woman during launch of Annpurna kitchen in Ajmer on Monday. (Deepak Sharma/HT Photo)

Chief minister Vashundhara Raje on Monday flagged off 51 Annapurna mobile kitchens in Ajmer to make food available to poor people at an affordable price ahead of the bypoll in Ajmer Lok Sabha seat.

She inaugurated the kitchen by feeding women of Muslim and Valmiki communities at Vijaylakshmi Park.

“Our endeavour is that no one remains hungry in the district,” she said. These kitchens will provide breakfast for ₹5 lunch and dinner at ₹8.

The mobile vans were flagged off to different the city. She said by December 13, needy and poor people in all 191 local bodies will be provided with breakfast for ₹5, lunch and dinner for ₹8 through 500 smart vans.

She said till now food was being distributed through normal vans but now will be distributed through smart vans.

Raje said this unique scheme started for the first time in the country was now being implemented in Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

The Congress, however, called it a poll gimmick. “It is a political stunt as people have lost attraction in the food provided through earlier Annapurna kitchens in the district,” said Congress district unit president Bhupendra Singh Rathore.

Raje said the government had made a provision of ₹35 crore for Annapurna Kitchen scheme.

Besides, she appealed institutions, donors and common man to help to run this scheme.

Donation can be made online and all information about the amount spent on food will be available on mobile van and at the office of local body, she said.

Any philanthropist can donate on occasions such as birthday, anniversary etc for time period of one day, two weeks, one month etc, the chief minister added.

On the appeal of Raje, parliamentary secretary Shatrughan Gautam announced to give money for one year for Annapurna kitchen scheme and will feed people of Kekri assembly constituency.

Following him, education minister Vasudev Devnani, woman and child development minister Anita Bhadel, parliamentary secretary Suresh Rawat, MLAs Bhagirath Choudhary and Shankar Singh Rawat announced for to feed people of their assembly constituencies for one-year through these vans. Ajmer mayor Dharmendra Gehlot announced to donate for one year for the van outside the district hospital and Ajmer Development Authority chairman Shiv Shankar Heda announced to donate money for six months.

1,100 statues of martyrs to come up

State Soldier Welfare Board chairman Prem Singh Bajore on Monday announced that board will install 1,100 statues of martyrs across the state. Out of total 1,600 martyrs statues of 500 have been installed the remaining 1,100 will be installed soon with expenses of ₹16 crore, he said.

The total funds will be raised by the soldier board, he added. Talking to the media at the end of Shaheed Samman Yatra ( tour to honour martyrs families) Bajore said, “It is for the first time in the country that any state government has made efforts to reach out the families of martyrs to take first hand information about the problems faced by them.”

A proposal has been submitted to the government to provide a government job to blood relation of martyrs, including of 1965 and 71 wars, said Bajore. The CM will soon announce implementation of the proposal, he added.

First Published: Oct 16, 2017 20:16 IST