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SDMC introduces 'Atal Jan Aahar Yojana'; full meal thali to be served for just Rs 10 under the scheme
Taking cue from 'Amma canteen,' a concept introduced by late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has come up with a similar scheme, named - 'Atal Jan Aahar Yojana'.

Atal Ahar Yojna

This food subsidisation programme which was launched by South Delhi's civic body on Monday, will offer poor people a meal for Rs 10 from the SDMC's booths during the day, according to officials.

According to a report, the canteen will serve subsidised lunch at Delhi's six centres that include Okhla Mandi, Matiala Chowk, Green Park/AIIMS, Ghode wala Mandir in Raghubir Nagar, Kakraula Mor in Najafgarh and Shalimar Bagh.

Under the scheme, the menu will offer nutritious full meals such as puri, chapattis, rice, rajma, vegetables, dal, chhole and halwa which will be served from 11 am to 2 pm at the civic body's kiosks, the SDMC said in a statement.

"The scheme is being implemented in a phased manner. It will be expanded, in terms of more centres and distribution timings to including dinner as well," said by south Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat who launched the scheme along with Chairman of the civic body's Standing Committee Bhupender Gupta and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Matiala.

Ram Paswan, a labourer, said, "You cannot find such food for Rs 10 anywhere in Delhi. We don't even mind paying Rs 20 if they maintain the quality. Most of these schemes start off well, but slowly deteriorate."

Atal Jan Ahar Yojna

Earlier, a similar scheme was also launched by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) in Shalimar Bagh.

Sanjay Bharti, a vendor at Yusuf Sarai, said, "A similar scheme was launched by some government agency where they served food for Rs 18 near Safdarjung Hospital. I ate there often: the quality of vegetable curry they served deteriorated. After sometime, I stopped visiting."

Rahul Kumar, 18, who is a mechanic by profession and works at a garage near South Delhi's Uphaar Cinema, enjoyed a meal of this scheme with his friends at the inauguration day.

"I read in the newspaper that the SDMC will be providing a thali for just Rs 10. We immediately dropped our plan to go to the nearby hotel for lunch as we end up spending around Rs 30 for a plate there," further adding that "the food is tasty. Nowhere you will get rice, chhole, puri and halwa for Rs 10."

Taking a cue from 'Amma canteen,' introduced by late Tamilnadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the South Delhi 
 
Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has come up with a similar scheme, named - 'Atal Jan Aahar Yojana'.  
 
This food subsidisation programme was launched by South Delhi's civic body on Monday that will offer poor 
 
people to buy meal for Rs 10 from the SDMC's booths during the day, officials said.   
 
According to a report, the canteen will serve subsidised lunch at Delhi's six centres that include Okhla Mandi, Matiala chowk, Green Park/AIIMS, Raghubir Nagar, Kakraula Mor in Najafgarh and Shalimar Bagh. 
 
Under the scheme, the menu will offer a nutritious full meal such as puri, chapattis, rice, rajma, vegetables, dal, chhole and halwa which will be served from 11 am to 2 pm at the civic body's kiosks, the SDMC said in a statement. "The scheme is being implemented in a phased manner. It will be expanded, in terms of more centres and distribution timings to including dinner as well," said by South Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat who launched the scheme along with Chairman of the civic body's Standing Committee Bhupender Gupta and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Matiala.
 
Ram Paswan, a labourer, said, "You cannot find such food for Rs 10 anywhere in Delhi. We don't even mind paying Rs 20 if they maintain the quality. Most of these schemes start off well, but slowly deteriorate." Earlier, a similar scheme was also launched by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) in Shalimar Bagh. 
 
Sanjay Bharti, a vendor at Yusuf Sarai, said, "A similar scheme was launched by some government agency where they served food for Rs 18 near Safdarjung Hospital. I ate there often: the quality of vegetable curry they served deteriorated. After sometime, I stopped visiting".
 
Rahul Kumar, 18, who is a mechanic by profession and works at a garage near South Delhi's Uphaar Cinema, enjoyed meal of this scheme with his friends at the inauguration day. "I read in the newspaper that the SDMC will be providing a thali for just Rs 10. We immediately dropped our plan to go to the nearby hotel for lunch as we end up spending around Rs 30 for a plate there," further adding that "the food is tasty. Nowhere you will get rice, chhole, puri and halwa for Rs 10."

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