On the traces of Karnataka’s Indira Canteen and Tamil Nadu’s Amma Canteen, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has launched ‘Maa Kitchens’ in poll-bound West Bengal, which is able to present nutritious meals at a extremely subsidised value. After the BJP dismissed the scheme – underneath which a plate stuffed with rice, cooked greens, dal and an egg will likely be supplied at simply Rs 5 – as an election stunt, the ruling Trinamool Congress identified that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lately launched a number of infrastructure tasks for the state, simply months forward of the meeting elections.
On the launch occasion on the state secretariat – Nabanna, Ms Banerjee mentioned, “That is the Maa Kitchen. We’re happy with our Maa (mom). Wherever there’s Maa, issues will likely be good. We salute all moms.”
That is Ms Banerjee’s third big-ticket scheme for the poor after the flagship Duarey Sarkar (authorities companies at doorstep) and Swasthya Sathi (medical insurance). The scheme, which began in the present day in Kolkata, will likely be expanded throughout the state.
NDTV talked to among the beneficiaries, who hope that the scheme continues for the whole 12 months.
“I go away for work within the morning. It is our good luck if we get meals at Rs 5,” a person who got here to pattern the meals mentioned.
“If I’ve to eat greens and rice, it prices Rs 25. It is unbelievable we’re getting a meal at Rs 5. If we get it the entire 12 months, it is going to be excellent,” mentioned one other beneficiary.
“What’s going to the poor do? If we eat one meal at Rs 5 it is going to be an amazing service for us,” added one other beneficiary.
The BJP attacked the federal government over the announcement. “The folks of Bengal haven’t got cash to purchase meals to eat. That is why she has to run Maa Canteen so that folks get meals at Rs 5. She has proved she has failed. Folks have develop into beggars and she or he has to feed folks at Rs 5,” BJP’s Bengal chief, Dilip Ghosh mentioned.
The Trinamool Congress hit again, saying the BJP remembers Bengal solely throughout elections.
“Why is the PM visiting so many occasions earlier than the elections? He has been right here to inaugurate tasks. They’re elevating irrelevant questions which don’t have any that means. That is no Chunawi Thali (election thali). Kanyashree, Rupashree, Swasthya Sathi are all working effectively,” West Bengal’s City Improvement Minister, Firhad Hakim, mentioned.
The Chief Minister additionally inaugurated a number of different tasks, together with an I-T park, to attract funding to the state.
Elections are due within the state in April-Could this 12 months. The Election Fee is prone to announce the dates for the polls by the tip of this month.
No venture or scheme could be launched after the Election Fee’s Mannequin Code Of Conduct kicks in.