Bangalore: A report states that around one third of the total food produced in the world is getting wasted every year. This accounts for approximately 1.3 billion tonnes. While this figure marks it’s existence on one side, on the contrary about 10 million people die every year due to chronic hunger and hunger related diseases. In order to ensure the poor to get their food, our ancestors had set up “Annadhanam” in temples to feed the hunger people.
Different states in India are providing different schemes to the public so that the nutritious food can reach the needy. Previously, in Tamil Nadu, during the Chief Minister, J Jayalalitha period, she developed a food subsidisation programme called “Amma Unavagam” in which public can have healthy and tasty breakfasts, lunch and dinner at much lower prices.
Inspired and following this way, the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh has also launched the scheme, “Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shram Anna Sahayata Yojna” on Monday, September 18, 2017. Under this scheme, the government will be offering ‘nutritious food’ to the labourers at the humble rate of rupees 5.
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“As many as 60 such food centers will be set up in 27 districts of the states which will provide food to nearly 60,000 labourers on a daily basis. The labourers can either have meal at the facility or get it packed in their tiffins,” Singh said.
People who visit this state for different works will also be benefitted by this programme. The first 5-a-meal Aahaar was launched in Chhattisgarh’s Telibandha area where around 1000 labourers will be offered meal daily at morning between 8 am to 10 am. The Chief Minister stated that by this programme, they aim to reach 7000 labourers across 27 districts of Chhattisgarh.
It is to be noted that the BJP Government of Chhattisgarh has registered 21 lakh workers from the organized and the unorganized sectors (ANI).