The Akshaya Patra Foundation, run by Hare Krishna movement, is getting ready to launch the ‘meal for the poor at Rs 5’ in Warangal city from June 2, which is the Telangana Formation Day. This initiative will be taken up to help the deprived to fill their empty stomachs during lunch time.
Warangal Builders Association handed over a cheque of Rs 35 lakh as financial aid to the Akashya Patra Foundation with Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari doing the honours at Warangal Urban Collectorate for the meal programme.
Speaking to Tabloid Today, Mayor Nannapuneni Narender said that Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) will also extend all possible support to the Akshaya Patra Foundation in the successful implementation of the mid-day meal programme in the city that witnesses a huge floating population every day.
As a part of this philanthropic activity, the foundation is planning to provide meals to the patients and their attendants at the hospitals, labourers and farmers who arrive at the Enumamula agriculture market yard to sell their farm produce.
Initially, 5,000 people will be served the meal at Rs 5 with each meal consisting of rice, dal, sambar and chutney. The original cost would be around Rs 24 though it will be sold at a subsidised price.
It is also reported that four or five counters will be set up at Warangal railway station, MGM hospital, Public Gardens, Kazipet railway station and an yet-to-be-identified place to offer the meal every day.
The subsidy amount will be borne by the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation and the market yard.
The administration is also planning to provide the meal to nearly 52,000 children in government schools replacing the existing mid-day meal scheme offered by the government through separate agencies. The meals will be transported to all the schools from the centralised kitchen which would be set up at the Enumamula market yard.
Source: Telangana Today Dated: May 12, 2017