Hyderabad civic body offering foodThe 100th Rs. 5/- Meals center launch 

Hyderabad: It all started in the summer of 2014 with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) setting up one counter offering a meal for the poor at Rs 5. At the Nampally Sarai, it was a pilot project but the hot and piping food offered at subsidised price caught up in such a big way that on Friday, the civic body opened its 100th meal centre. And in the offing are another 50 centres.

From daily wage earners to students to marketing professionals, the concept of rice with dal, curry and pickle at such a price came as a boon. Long queues at all the meal centres have become a common sight for the meals prepared by Hare Krishna Movement at their huge kitchen located at Patancheru.

When introduced, preparation of each meal cost around Rs 20 of which the GHMC provided a subsidy of Rs 15 which had the civic body earmarking nearly Rs 30 crore per annum in its budget. Officials point out that the costs having gone up over the last four years had each meal costing Rs 24.60 and the civic body increasing its subsidy to Rs.19.60. “We have ensured that the poor and needy do not have to pay more,” he said.

In the last two days, the GHMC has opened 27 new meal centres covering different parts of the city and with this addition, says nearly 50,000 people will be getting a meal at Rs. 5. The process of identifying spots for 50 more meal centres was on and the civic body officials said that the focus as with earlier ones was in areas of low-income group families and their workplaces.

Source: Telangana Today      Dated: February 18, 2017