PM Modi to Launch Annapurna Scheme in Gujarat bu June End

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The Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi is considering to launch the Annapurna Scheme of Gujarat Government on June 29 or 30, during his two-day visit to the state. The Gujarat Annapurna Scheme is prepared for providing lunch to around 50,000 laborers of the state at the cost of 10 Rupees per meal.

In order to discuss the implementation of the politically sensitive scheme, the Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr. Vijay Rupani has conducted a review meeting. He met officials of the state labor & employment department and of the Shramik Kalyan Board, on Wednesday.

An Official who is familiar with developments relating to the scheme said that the government has finalized the selection of two NGOs Akshaya Patra and Stree Shakti which have experience in providing meals prepared in mechanized kitchens to school children.

He said that the government has given them a contract for five municipal corporations and a few major industrial pockets.

Official added that in the first phase, 69 sites will be covered where registered workers will get a full meal at the heavily subsidized rate, the official said. .At present, there are 25,000 registered workers.

He further said that over the next 20 days, around 25,000 more workers are expected to get registration numbers. So around 50,000 workers in all will benefit from the scheme shortly.

The Gujarat labor & employment department is planning a major gathering of construction workers in whose presence the PM is expected to formally launch the scheme.

Tamil Nadu runs Amma canteens and in the neighboring Rajasthan, CM Vasundhara Raje has started ‘Annapurna Rasoi’, which serves food at Rs 8 per meal. The Gujarat government is yet to provide subsidized meals to 25,000 laborers registered with Gujarat Bandhkam Shramyogi Kalyan Board (GBSKB).

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