Bengaluru, Aug 16, 2017: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday inaugurated Indira Canteens here for the poor, saying even the “poorest and the weakest in the city cannot go hungry”.
“Many people in Bengaluru live in huge houses, drive rich cars and for them food is not an issue. But millions of people here are construction workers, auto rickshaw drivers and barbers who do not have enough money. The Indira Canteens will serve these people,” Gandhi said while inaugurating the canteen at Jayanagar ward here.
“We want the poorest and the weakest in the city to know that they cannot go hungry.”
Along with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, city Mayor G. Padmavathi, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President G. Parameshwara and other party leaders, Gandhi inspected the canteen named after his grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
He arrived in the morning at Kempegowda International Airport, where he was received by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and others. Then, he headed to inaugurate the first canteen on Kanakanapalya near Ashoka Pillar in Jayanagar.
According to media reports, these canteens will be opened to the public only from 7.30pm today and People can eat for free at all the canteens on day one.
In the initial phase, 101 canteens will daily serve vegetarian tiffin (breakfast) at Rs 5 per plate and meals for lunch and dinner at Rs 10 each in 101 civic wards. More will be opened in the remaining 97 wards from October 2 to mark the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.
Rahul takes a meal at the canteen before heading to National Grounds in Basavanagudi to address a Congress workers’ rally.
Karnataka: Congress VP Rahul Gandhi takes a meal at the newly inaugurated Indira Canteen in Bengaluru. pic.twitter.com/h0agD1V4o5
— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2017
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had announced the subsidised canteen scheme during his budget speech this year. Along the lines of Amma canteen in Tamil Nadu, Indira Canteen will provide quality food for the urban poor in subsidised prices. The JD(S) in an attempt to counter the Congress’ canteen politics, had launched ‘Appaji canteen’ earlier in July.