Rajasthan government is going to start Indira Rasoi Yojana to ensure that no person sleeps hungry (Koi Bhukha Naa Soye) in the state. CM Ashok Gehlot on 22 June 2020 announced that meals twice a day will soon be made available to the poor people at low rates. The state govt. will spend Rs. 100 crore per annum for this Indira Rasoi Scheme. Moreover, govt. will make use of the Information Technology to effectively monitor this scheme.
It is an upgraded version of the previously running Annapurna Rasoi Yojana in Rajasthan. In this scheme, the state govt. will ensure that all the needy and hungry people will get hygienic and nutritious food. The Rajasthan govt. will take the help of Local Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Indira Rasoi Yojana implementation.
CM has launched this Indira Rasoi Scheme through video conferencing which would be beneficial during Coronavirus un-locking period as well as post COVID-19 period.
Rajasthan Indira Rasoi Yojana 2020
CM Ashok Gehlot said that “There is a dearth of nutritious food and it is with the idea that nobody goes to sleep hungry that I am announcing this today. Indira Gandhi was a great leader and the reason behind the creation of Bangladesh, she brought in the Green Revolution, conducted the nuclear tests in Phokran during 1974. In the memory of the great leader, we have decided that Indira Rasoi Yojana will be started soon under which nobody will sleep hungry.” Chief Minister mentioned this while addressing the virtual launching of a state-level Covid-19 awareness programme through video conferencing from his residence.
2 Times Meals at Low Rates to Poor
In December 2016, former CM Vasundhara Raje had launched Annapurna Rasoi Yojana. It was a subsidised meal scheme offering breakfast for Rs. 5 and lunch for Rs. 8 on the lines of Amma Canteens of Tamil Nadu. The scheme was aimed to benefit labourers, rickshaw pullers, auto-rickshaw drivers, students, working women, senior citizens among others. Now the state govt. of Rajasthan will start Indira Rasoi Yojana as an updated version of the previous Annapoorna Rasoi Scheme.
In the new Rajasthan Indira Rasoi Yojana, needy people living in the jurisdiction of urban local bodies (ULBs) will be getting nutritious meals twice a day at concessional rates. The rate for the meals are yet to be finalised. The new scheme will function after keeping in mind the requirements and tastes of every municipality.
’कोई भूखा ना सोए’ के संकल्प को साकार करने की दिशा में एक और कदम बढ़ाते हुए प्रदेश के नगरीय क्षेत्रों में इंदिरा रसोई योजना की शुरूआत की घोषणा की है। इस योजना के तहत जरूरतमंद लोगों को दो समय का शुद्ध पौष्टिक भोजन रियायती दर से उपलब्ध कराया जाएगा। #Rajasthan pic.twitter.com/tnyUWD0vNU
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) June 22, 2020
For the implementation purpose, IT would be used to ensure smooth functioning and monitoring of the Indira Rasoi Yojana. A committee headed by the district collector will be monitoring this Yojana and the government will spend around Rs 100 crore each year on the scheme. Partnership of local NGOs will also be ensured for the proper functioning of the scheme.
Reaction From Opposition Party
The tenure of the Annapurna Rasoi Yojana had expired on 31 March 2020 this year. Former CM Vasundhara Raje accused current CM Ashok Gehlot on renaming the food scheme. She mentioned that the ruling Rajasthan govt. is expert in changing the names of the previous govt. welfare schemes.
Congress party has renamed the Annapurna Rasoi as Indira Rasoi Yojana but at-least better late than never. The Annapurna Rasoi Yojana was the demand of the general public and so the current govt. has re-started this scheme with a new name. Former CM also said that the government should change itself rather than names otherwise the public will change everything.
Here is the official notification – Rajasthan Indira Rasoi Yojana Notification