To cater to 300 to 350 persons initially

In an initiative to provide poor people with hygienic food at highly subsidised rate, the Khammam Municipal Corporation (KMC) has drawn up a plan to launch Rs. 5-a-meal scheme here in the next few days.

Modelled on the lines of the subsidised meal scheme being implemented by the GHMC in Hyderabad, the new scheme envisages provision of quality food at a highly subsidised rate through a host of dedicated food distribution centres at various places. The KMC has tied up with the Akshaya Patra Foundation to implement the scheme.

The KMC has planned to open one centre in the beginning near the district court complex on the Wyra road next week and gradually extend the facility to other main centres in the town.

Initially, 300 to 350 persons will be provided breakfast and meals daily and depending upon the requirement, the scope of the scheme will be expanded to cover more poor people.

The unused bus shelter near the District Court is being given a facelift to convert it into a distribution centre under the Rs.5-a-meal scheme, said Khammam Municipal Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Jha.

The Rs. 5-a-meal scheme will be rolled out soon, after obtaining the requisite approval from the State government, he said, adding that five to six centres will be set up at main areas frequented by public in the town, in a phased manner.

However, the actual cost for each meal is around Rs. 24.90, the same will be offered at a highly subsidised rate of Rs. 5.

Source: The Hindu          Dated: AUGUST 14, 2018