Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 12:
The Odisha government today decided to set up Aahar centres in urban areas of 29 districts by February 25.
Barring Sambalpur, 57 Aahar centres will be opened in urban areas of 29 districts. As many as 30,300 meals will be prepared in these centres.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik through video conferencing at the state secretariat today directed district collectors to set up the centres within the deadline.
The Chief Minister directed the district collectors to complete necessary infrastructure facilities including transportation, training, sanitation, drinking water and all other allied infrastructure in readiness for February 25.
“The Chief Minister had called for a meeting to review progress of the extension of the Aahar scheme to districts. Societies have formed at the district level. Almost all districts have expedited their programmes-from choosing partners to implementing agencies. The Chief Minister directed the collectors to resolve whatever issues came in the way of implementation of the programme. After infrastructure facilities are completed and identification of agencies/organisations are complete, the Chief Minister will take a decision when it will be started,” said Puspendra Singhdeo, Minister Housing and Urban Development speaking to reporters here today.
Aahar is a subsidised meal scheme of the state government for the urban poor in the state. The Aahar Centres provide cooked lunch comprising ‘Bhata and Dalma’ at Rs 5 between 11 am to 3 pm at specific locations for urban poor.