Thiruvananthapuram, October 30
A lodge promoting scrumptious meals at Rs 20 might not sound believable at a time when the costs of important commodities and greens are touching new highs every day.
However in Kerala, a string of lodges, offering conventional meals at this subsidised price, has come as an enormous reduction for numerous individuals, particularly each day wage earners and people belonging to under poverty line (BPL) throughout the time of COVID-19 pandemic.
A mean of 70,000 meals are offered each day by way of the ‘Janakeeya Motels’, run by the all-women community Kudumbashree, on the price of Rs 20 every within the southern state.
Kudumbashree is the poverty eradication mission and one of the crucial profitable girls empowerment fashions of the state authorities.
The meal packets, offered by the Kudumbashree volunteers by way of these finances lodges, at a nominal price of Rs 20, has been an enormous hit amongst commoners throughout the time of lock-down.
Kudumabshree govt director, S Harikishore mentioned it was a historic achievement for the Mission as the entire variety of the finances lodges opened by it has crossed 700 mark regardless of the COVID 19 pandemic and the lockdown.
“The Janakeeya lodges serve a median of 70,000 meals a day on the subsidised price of Rs 20 every. We’ve proved that we are able to guarantee high quality meals for individuals at this humble price even throughout the time of lockdown,” he informed P T I.
“And we’re proud that we are able to guarantee a gradual earnings for over three,000 Kudumbashree volunteers (all girls) by way of these lodges,” he mentioned.
Even when many locations have been declared containment zones as a result of pandemic, the volunteers might ship meals packets with out fail.
“We’ve proved that our lodges can act as nodal factors to ship meals packets even when a spot is asserted as a containment zone,” the official added.
Sixty-six-year outdated Padmavathy, a housemaid working in a number of homes within the capital metropolis, mentioned the lodge was an enormous reduction for her on many days throughout the pandemic.
“At a time when the an infection had began spreading on a bigger scale, many households weren’t eager to permit housemaids of their premises as a result of threat of the illness unfold.
It was an enormous blow to individuals like me, who rely upon each day earnings. At the moment, the Janakeeya lodges was an enormous reduction as we get good meals at simply Rs 20,” she informed P T I.
Not simply her, a number of neighbours in her colony additionally relied on these finances lodges for a lot of days.
The Janakeeya lodges have been arrange as a part of the Left Democratic Entrance (LDF) authorities’s formidable “Starvation-Free Kerala” challenge.
Whereas presenting the 2020-21 state finances, state Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac had introduced that the federal government would open 1,000 frequent man’s lodges, serving subsidised meals, throughout the state.
At the moment, a complete of 767 such finances hotels–both in city and village areas-are working within the state, Nishanth, programme co-ordinator, Kudumbashree mentioned, including that it was carried out with the help of the Native Self Authorities and Civil Provides departments.
Detailing the working mechanism of Janakeeya lodges, he mentioned the subsidised meals are served at these lodges between 12.30 PM and three PM.
“Earlier than and after that, the Kudumbashree members, who run the lodges, are free to promote different meals articles in response to their selection. However, it’s not below the subsidy price,” he informed P T I.
The finances lodges had begun supply of meal packets on the doorstep of the needy throughout the lockdown.
For that, they cost Rs 5 further for every packet, taking the entire quantity to Rs 25, he added.
Apart from the subsidy of Rs 10 supplied by the Kudumbashree for every meal, Rs 30,000 could be supplied by the Company as a grant for lodges arrange in city areas, and Rs 20,000 by the block panchayat for lodges in village areas.
The land/ hire quantity, electrical energy and water for the lodges are supplied freed from value by the respective native self-government establishments, official sources added.PTI