MVA govt’s Rs 10 meal scheme launched in Pune on Republic Day, beneficiaries respond positively
The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi’s (MVA) ambitious Shiv Bhojan Yojana, a subsidised meal at Rs 10, was launched in Pune on Republic Day. Under this scheme a meal will be provided at Rs 10 to the “poor” and “needy people”, at 11 different places in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.
Maharashtra deputy chief minister and Pune guardian minister Ajit Pawar on Sunday inaugurated the ‘Shiv Bhojan’ thali (plate) in Pune at the Pune Municipal Corporation’s canteen premises. Under the scheme, launched by the food, civil supplies and consumer protection department, a meal will be available at designated hotels and canteens during stipulated time for beneficiaries.
The thali, according to government officials, consists of two chapatis, one vegetable curry, dal and rice. It will be available between 12 noon to 2 pm.
On the first day, scores of people queued up at various centres in Pune to taste the thali.
The first thali was given to Munjaji Marutrao Bhakare by Pawar.
Pune mayor Murlidhar Mohol, MLA Chetan Tupe, PMC standing committee chairman Hemant Rasane, PMC commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad and several other PMC corporators and officials were present at the launch of the scheme on Sunday.
According to officials, per person only one thali will be given and the canteen owner will take a photograph of the beneficiary, record his/her name and contact details on a mobile application. Sanjeev Gone, supply inspector of food, civil supplies and consumer protection department, Maharashtra, said, “We all have been assigned one canteen where the Shiv Bhojan thali is been sold to the public. Our duty is to monitor its quantity, check the taste and quality of food daily and submit a report.”
Chandrashekhar Shetty owner of the Nishigandha Hotel near PMC building, which is one of the centres dishing out the scheme, said, “We have a limit of 150 thalis per day and on the first day at least 500 people had to go home empty handed, as we had reached our limit within an hour of the opening. On Monday, there was a long queue as well and there is good response to the scheme.”
Vishal Pawar, a student, said, “The food is good and the quality is excellent. We will try to come daily to avail this affordable meal.”
Another recipient of the scheme, Surendra Kedari, said, “All the food items in the Shiv Bhojan thali were satisfactory and it is beneficial for common people like us. I will ask all my friends and family members to try this thali whenever possible.”
The state government is providing these thalis to the canteen owner at a subsidy which costs Rs 50 in urban area and Rs 35 in rural areas per thali. The quality of the food will be regularly checked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials.
Places where Shiv Bhojan thali will be available in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad:
PMC building, Nishigandha canteen
Hadapsar Gadital chowk, Shivsamarth Bhojanalay
Katraj bus stand, Katraj canteen Kendra
Swargate bus stand, Swargate canteen
Market Yard Gultekadi, Hotel Samadhan shop no. 11
Shivajinagar family court, court canteen
Mahatma Phule Mandai, Anil Snacks centre
Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation canteen
Yashwantrao Chavan Hospital Pimpri, Canteen
Vallabhnagar ST bus stand, canteen
Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority (PCNTDA), canteen