Kakinada: Arrangements are in place to serve lunch to people at Rs. 10 per meal at the Government General Hospital (GGH) from January 21 onwards. The hospital has the highest number of out-patient turnout – around 2,000 a day – in the State. In addition to it, around 1,500 attendants too visit the GGH daily.
Till now, all these out-patients and attendants depend on the hotels and eateries nearby the hospital for their lunch by spending Rs. 60 to Rs. 90 a meal. As a result of an agreement signed by the hospital authorities with the Touchstone, a sister concern of Akshaya Patra Foundation – the organisation that serves quality food at nominal price in most of the cities, the patients and attendants are going to get the opportunity of save on their lunch expenses.
“With a good number people from the below poverty line (BPL) visiting the GGH every day, the ‘Meal @ Rs. 10’ project will become a boon for them. The government departments will extend all sorts of support for the success of the project,” said East Godavari Collector H. Arun Kumar on Tuesday.
Along with Municipal Commissioner Aleem Basha, he reviewed the arrangement for the launch of the programme.
“Cooking gas, rice and groceries will be supplied to the firm at subsidised prices,” he said.
Hospital, along with Akshaya Patra Foundation, will launch the project on January 21.
Source: The Hindu Dated: Jan 13, 2016