AAP Follows Amma Model, Announces Canteens in the Capital

Delhi government will setup highly subsidised canteens to serve food for the working class population.

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (left) with deputy CM Manish Sisodia (right). (Photo: PTI)

In line with Tamil Nadu’s Amma canteens, the Delhi government is going to set up highly subsidised ‘Aam Aadmi canteens’. The first of these canteens will come up in two months to serve nutritious food in the Rs 5-10 range, aimed especially at the working class population.

A Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) proposal in this regard was approved by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday, setting the ball rolling for its implementation. There was no official word on the amount of subsidy required for the scheme though.

Today the choice is limited for the poor when it comes to having nutritious food. They have to depend on food that is often unhygienic yet pricey.
– Ashish Khetan, DDC Vice-Chairman

Khetan said the canteens, that would be under the Food and Civil Supplies Department, would come up in and around industrial areas, hospitals, educational institutions and commercial hubs.

He said that the management of the canteens are likely to be outsourced to NGOs or private agencies. “We had undertaken studies of models of mainly two states. There would be proper mechanism for quality maintenance.”

Breakfast, lunch and dinner would be available in the canteens which would mainly cater to construction labourers, slum dwellers, students and office-going population alike.

When asked about the possible expenditure, Khetan said, “The detailed work map is being worked out”.

(With inputs from PTI)

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