Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday launched the Maa Canteen project to provide food at a subsidized Rs 5 to the urban poor.
Just as Maa or Amma in a family provides food to all, similarly the Maa project too will provide lunch to the needy, she said. The menu comprises rice, dal, vegetables and egg curry.
The canteens, opening soon from 1pm to 3pm daily in all urban local bodies, was described by Banerjee as a unique project. The budgetary allocation is Rs 100 crore.
Some people might drop in for a day to taste the food, but the canteens would actually be for the needy, Banerjee added. “I too will come for lunch one day,” she said.
“The government will have to bear a subsidy of Rs 15 while people will get lunch at Rs 5,” the CM said. The canteens will be run by self-help groups with the help of urban development and municipal affairs department.
Banerjee thanked British Council director Barbara Wickham and British deputy high commissioner Nick Low, who came to Nabanna to submit a study report ‘On the Economic Impact of Durga Puja’, conducted by British Council, IIT Kharagpur and Queen Mary University of London. It came out that there was an economic growth of creative industries to the tune of Rs 32,377 crore, Banerjee said. “I request Unesco to help us with Durga Puja,” she added.
She also inaugurated other projects on Monday, including four IT parks, and a mother and child hub of 100 beds at Chittaranjan Seva Sadan hospital. The Matri Maa building will house newborn ICU, sick newborn care unit and hybrid ICU.
Banerjee rechristened Administrative Training Institute as Netaji Subhas Administrative Training Institute (NSATI) on the occasion of the leader’s 125th birth anniversary.