Mamata Banerjee launches scheme to provide meal at Rs 5 to poor people

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday virtually launched the ”Maa” scheme under which her government would provide a meal at a nominal cost of Rs 5 mainly to poor people. They will get a platter of rice, dal, a vegetable and egg curry for Rs 5. “The government will bear a subsidy of Rs 15 (per plate) while people will get it at Rs 5,” Banerjee said. Self-help groups will operate the kitchens from 1 pm to 3 pm every day and such kitchens will be set up everywhere in the state gradually, the chief minister said. I will go and taste it one day,” Banerjee said. People will get the meal on a first-come-first-serve basis. This is a unique idea. We had announced this scheme in the budget and managed to launch it within eight days,” she said thanking officials of various departments for making it possible within such a short time.

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