Maharashtra begins pilot test of Rs 10 lunch plate on Republic Day
Mumbai : The Shiv-Sena led Maharashtra government has started its long-awaited Shiv Bhojan scheme under which it provides lunch to the poor people for a mere cost of Rs 10. The pilot test of the scheme started on the occasion of 71st Republic Day.
Under the scheme, the lunch thalis will be provided to people at the designated centres/canteens during a predecided time interval.
Launch of Shiv Bhojan scheme was one of the major poll promise made during the campaigns by Shiv Sena.
In Mumbai, district guardian minister Aslam Shaikh inaugurated the "Shiv Bhojan Thali" canteen at the civic-run Nair hospital.
A similar centre was unveiled by Tourism Minister and Mumbai suburban district guardian minister Aaditya Thackeray at the collector''s office in Bandra.
Guardian ministers of Pune and Nashik, Ajit Pawar and Chhagan Bhujbal formally launched the scheme in their respective districts.
What would you get for Rs 10 in the thali?
According to the notification, the thali will be having two chapatis, one vegetable, rice and dal.
What are the timings for the food?
The aforementioned thalis will be available at the designated centres/canteens between 12 noon and 2 pm, officials said.
How many thalis will be available?
According to the information shared, one centre will provide around 500 thalis per day.
On an inaugural day, scores of people queued up at many such centres at various places.
While some people praised the scheme and quality of food, some others demanded that the existing two-hour time be extended.
"The goal of the scheme is to provide affordable and quality food to all, irrespective of caste, creed, religion and financial status," tweeted Aaditya Thackeray, after the inauguration of the center.