Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 16:
Midday meals would be provided to 4, 000 people each in five cities in the state, including Cuttack, at a highly subsidised rate of just Rs 5 per meal from April 1, 2015.
Under the agreement, lunch comprising rice and dalma will be provided at Rs 5 per person to people belonging to the poorer sections of the society at Badambadi bus stand, Sishu Bhawan square, Malgodown area and SCB Medical College and Hospital within CMC limits, said official sources.
The ‘Aahaar’ centres will remain open at the designated places between 11 AM to 3 PM everyday and will cater to 4,000 poor people within CMC limits.
An amount of Rs 20 will be spent on preparation of each meal out of which Rs 15 will be borne by OMC from its corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds as per the terms of the agreement. OMC will provide Rs 54.60 lakh for the first three months.
OMC will provide Rs 64 lakh as one-time payment towards cost of equipment for transportation, cooking and distribution of food, generator, wages and dresses of men to be engaged in serving food and other expenses. A sum of Rs 1, 18, 60000 will be provided by OMC as advance.
The state government has approached Tatas, Nalco and RSP to sponsor the programme in other cities of the state.
Among others, Barabati MLA Debasish Samantaray, Cuttack MLA Pravat Biswal, CMC mayor Anita Nayak, secretary Housing & Urban Development G Mathivathanan, Steel and Mines secretary R K Sharma, OMC managing director Girish SN, special secretary Urban Development SK Rath and Swami Panchratna Das and Mahesh Pradhan of Akashya Patra Foundation were present during the inking of the tripartite agreement.