The State Government of Tamilnadu has announced a scheme of opening 1000 -Corporation-owned budget- canteens in Chennai City, to provide healthy food at cheap/affordable rates to the :
- People living in slums,
- Daily labourers,
- Load-men and
- Migrant workers.
The Government’s budget-canteens will offer from 7 am to 10 am and noon till 3 pm the following food items:
- Idli (100 gram) with sambar for Re 1/-,
- Sambar Rice (350 gram) at Rs. 5/- and
- Curd Rice (350 gram) at Rs. 3/-.
However, the Government’s Budget-canteens will not supply packed food, that is there is no parcel facility.
Trained Self-Help Groups / SHG -Women will manage the budget-canteens and the Sanitary Officials will monitor the quality of the food and the Revenue Officials will be maintaining the accounts of the canteens.
The Tamil Nadu Ware-housing Corporation will be supplying rice at subsidized prices to the budget-canteens.
Each canteen will be manned by 15 SHG- members who will be paid Rs 300/-per day.
As a first step of the above scheme, the Government’s budget-canteens have been opened in the following 15 zones in Chennai City on 19th February 2013:-
- Mathur, Manali
- Surapet, Madhavaram
- Old Washermenpet
- Pillaiyar Koil Street, Royapuram
- Oragadam, Ambattur
- Taylors Road, Kilpauk;
- Santhome High Road;
- Sivagnanam Salai, T.Nagar;
- North Mada Street, Maduravoyal;
- Nehru High Road, Nanganallur;
- Kuppam Kadarkarai Salai, Thiruvanmiyur;
- Anna Nedunchalai, Perungudi; and
The budget-canteen at Santhome was inaugurated by Dr.J.Jayalalitha, the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu. By March 2013 the number of budget-canteens at Chennai City would be increased to 200.