Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday launched an Anna Canteen that serves meals for just Rs five.
On the line of Amma Canteens in neighbouring state Tamil Nadu, CM Naidu inaugurated Anna Canteens which will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at just Rs 5 to common man.
Menu includes Breakfast plate consisting 3 idlis/ 3 pooris/ upma/ pongal; Lunch and Dinner plate with rice, dal/sambar, pickle, curry and curd.
The state government is setting up 203 Anna Canteens in 110 municipalities across the state and, in the first phase, 60 Anna Canteens have been inaugurated in 25 municipalities.
Under Phase 2, 143 canteens will be inaugurated at 85 locations by August.
It was the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder Late Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) who introduced the scheme of Rs 2 per kg rice to feed the poor, and now, party President and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has introduced this scheme. Under this scheme, poor can get all three meals of a day for as less as Rs 15, said Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development, P. Narayana.
Andhra Pradesh government has entrusted the responsibility of managing these canteens to Akshaya Patra Foundation and it is estimated that over 2 lakh people will be served cheap and healthy food once all NTR Canteen becomes fully operational.
To gather feedback, complaint or suggestion, an IVRS system has also been placed by the government.
Its interesting to notice that Andhra Pradesh is scheduled to go for polls along with Parliamentary election early next year and the launch of all populist scheme by TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu is seen as poll preparation.