Maharashtra Shiv Bhojan Yojana to provide thali / meals to poor people has completed 1 year. In this Rs. 5 Meal Canteen Scheme, the state govt. is providing Shiv Thali to needy ones at price of just five rupees (earlier 10 Rs. per plate). This Shiv Food Scheme is named after the Shivaji Maharaj who was the king who worked for the welfare of poor people. Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Anna-rath are also operational in Maharashtra after launch of Shiv Meal Scheme.
Latest Update (As on 13 April 2021) – CM Uddhav Thackeray announced Rs. 5,476 crore financial package. It has been proposed to provide 2 lakh free Shiv Bhojan Thalis. It is important to note that Shiv Bhojan Thali would be free only for 1 month duration. In addition to this, 3 Kg wheat and 2 Kg rice to 7 crore beneficiaries to be given under food security scheme. CM also announced Rs. 1500 Maharashtra Construction Workers Scheme (12 lakh workers), Rs. 1500 to street vendors (5 lakh vendors), Rs. 1500 to rickshaw owners (12 lakh), Rs. 2000 to tribals (12 lakh beneficiaries) as one time assistance.
1 Year of Maharashtra Shiv Bhojan Yojana 2021
The state govt. of Maharashtra had earlier launched Shiv Bhojan Yojana which has now completed 1 year. The state govt. has served over 3 crore subsidized thalis under the Shiv Bhojan Scheme across 905 centers. The state govt. has spent over Rs. 86 crore on the meal scheme. CM Uddhav Thackeray mentioned that the Shiv Bhojan Yojana has really helped the poor and during lockdown months when people didn’t have jobs, these centres were providing good quality food at nominal rates.
Rs. 5 Thali / Meal in Shiv Bhojan Yojana 2021
Shiv Bhojan Yojana was announced by the Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to provide food to poor people at subsidized price of ten rupees (now Rs. 5 per plate). This subsidized Rs. 5 Meal Canteen Scheme is implemented by Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Anna-rath started by the government. A single thali costs the govt. Rs. 45 in urban areas and Rs. 35 in rural areas.
The Shiv Food Thali Scheme had been running successfully in the state from the previous financial year i.e 2020. The Rs. 5 Shiv Meal Scheme is part of the MVA government’s official common minimum programme (CMP). The thali which was earlier priced at Rs. 10 per plate, since the lockdown has been imposed the govt. slashed the price to Rs. 5 making at affordable for people to have full meal.
Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Anna-rath
Shiv Thali Scheme was a pre poll promise of Shiv Sena which is now implemented by the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) govt. led by coalition of Shivsena-Congress-NCP. The Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Anna-rath are those vehicles from where the Rs. 5 Shiv Meal Yojana is being implemented. These food vans are serving meals at subsidized prices to needy and marginalised people.
Menu for Shiv Bhojan Yojana in Maharashtra
The meal also known as Shiv Thali includes the following things:-
- 2 chapatis
- Vegetable dish
- A portion of rice
- A portion of Dal or Curry.
The menu for Shiv Bhojan Yojana is changed every day. This Shiv Thali Scheme is following the similar lines of Tamil Nadu Amma Canteen, AP Anna Canteen Scheme & Karnataka Indira Canteen Scheme. This Shiv Bhojan Yojana does not discriminate any person on the basis of their caste, colour and religion. All the poor people who are needy or hungry can take benefits of this Shiv Thali Scheme. The scheme is being replicated by other states such as Delhi, Jharkhand, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.
Balasaheb Thackeray Anna-rath (Shiv Thali) – Rs. 10 Meal Canteen Scheme (Update As on 6 December 2019)
Shiv Sena led Maharashtra govt. is going to start Rs. 10 Mobile Meal Canteen Scheme. Under this Shiv Thali Scheme, Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) govt. will provide food to poor people at subsidized price of ten rupees. This subsidized Rs. 10 Meal Canteen Scheme to be called Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Anna-rath.
The state govt. of Maharashtra will launch a pilot project of “Rs 10 Meal Scheme” in Mulund. The event to mark the official launch of Rs. 10 Mobile Meal Canteen Scheme will coincide with Dr Ambedkar Mahaparinirwan Divas. The scheme is part of the MVA government’s official common minimum programme. Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar will inaugurate the Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Anna-rath.
What is Maharashtra Rs. 10 Meal Canteen Scheme (Shiv Thali)
The state govt. of Maharashtra led by Shiv Sena will launch a pilot project of the highly-anticipated Rs. 10 Meal Scheme for the poor at Mulund on 6 December 2019. The affordable mobile meal canteen scheme is a part of MVA govt’s common minimum programme and will formally be launched sometime next month. The Balasaheb Thackeray Anna-rath launch event will coincide with Dr. Ambedkar Mahaparinirwan Divas or the 63rd death anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar. This Rs. 10 Mobile Meal Canteen Scheme is launched in view of demands from poor sections of society in Mulund.
The Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Anna-rath is a vehicle from where the Rs. 10 meal will be served to the needy and marginalised people. The meal will be known as Shiv Thali and would include 3 chapatis, a vegetable dish, a portion of rice-dal/curry and a sweets preparation. The menu for Rs. 10 Meal Canteen Scheme will be changed every day. The Mulund scheme will be run by Shetty’s Shree Swami Charitable Trust and as per the response from public, this scheme will be extended to other areas.
This Rs. 10 Meal Canteen Scheme will follow the similar lines of Tamil Nadu govt’s Amma Unavagam / AmmaCanteen and AP govt’s Anna Canteen Scheme. However, AP YSR govt. had closed TDP’s flagship Anna Canteens due to non-renewal of contract with the Akshaya Patra Foundation. As per reports, the scheme might be renamed as Rajanna and launched again under new management of CM Jagan Mohan Reddy.
In Karnataka also, the Indira Canteen is on the verge of closing down due to lack of adequate funds. As per the local media reports, Bengaluru civic body had warned that Indira Canteens may be forced to shut down the food outlets by the first week of September if they do not get adequate funds from the canteen.
Maharashtra Atal Aahar Yojana for Construction Workers [Food @ Rs. 5] (Update As on 8 March 2019)
Maharashtra government has launched a special scheme namely Atal Aahar Yojana 2019 for construction workers. Under this scheme, govt. will provide good quality and hygienic food to construction workers at a highly subsidized rates. Maharashtra Atal Aahar Scheme will be implemented in some areas of the state on a pilot basis and later on the scope would be expanded.
In the Maharashtra Atal Aahar Yojana first phase, the target is to cover 20,000 workers. The state govt. will provide good quality food to construction workers at a nominal cost of just Rs. 5.
Around 10 lakh labourers have already been registered with the Labor Board in Maharashtra so far. The state govt. will continue registration of names of new workers and will work out every possible method to provide benefits of every welfare scheme to workers.
Salient Features of Maharashtra Atal Aahar Yojana by Devendra Fadnavis Led Govt
The important features and highlights of Atal Aahar Yojana in Maharashtra are as follows:-
- The state govt. of Maharashtra has launched Atal Aahar Yojana on 7 March 2019 at Nagpur.
- The primary focus is to provide nutritious food to construction workers and to transform the lives of labourers.
- In the 1st Phase, the state govt. aims to cover 20,000 workers.
- The cost of one time food being provided to construction workers at their work place is Rs. 5.
The state govt. of Maharashtra will provide all possible help in 3 fronts of education, income and health to construction workers. Maharashtra govt. is already providing a subsidy of Rs. 4.5 lakh to labourers for house construction. They are also covered under health insurance too. Under the Shramev Jayate Yojana, the state govt. will provide pension of Rs. 3,000 to construction workers above the age of 60 years.
In case of death of a worker, the pension will be given to his widow. Under the scheme, around 2.5 lakh labourers have already made registration. The state govt. even plans to register around 24 lakh labourers in the near future. Under the Jan Aarogya Yojana, labourers are provided with medical facilities upto Rs. 1.5 lakh.