In April, earlier this year, the Uttar Pradesh government introduced a scheme to provide subsidised nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner is made available to the economically weak people in the state. The scheme had provisions to give breakfast for ₹3 and lunch for as little as ₹5. The BJP-ruled state planned to emulate the scheme in the form of more than 200 subsidised meal canteens across the state.
Karnataka chosen by Congress- Election optics in mind?
Where on one hand, BJP introduced subsidised meals in a state where they recently won in elections, Congress, on the other hand chose Karnataka amongst the other more prominently hunger-ridden places in the country. This move by Congress has upped the ante in the entire poverty-food debate as Karnataka could prove to be a pivotal game changer in shaping party’s current status in national politics.
An App to Access Food Menu- Congress expects BPL to possess phones?
Economists have clearly labelled this move as a politically motivated one rather than a poverty-alleviating project. The fact that Congress has come up with an app to provide the menu card of subsidised meals to the poor is a rhetoric in itself. The question here is about how many poor would have a smartphone? And if at all they do, isn’t the government missing on the larger chunk of poverty ridden?
To make the situation even trickier for Congress, its VP, Rahul Gandhi accidentally revealed the idea behind the sudden introduction of Indira Canteens in Bengaluru. At a rally in Bengaluru about 2 months ago, RaGa made 2 errors in one sentence.
One being, “All the cities in Bengaluru…” and the other one as well as the definitely more revealing one being., “…..That is the vision of the Amma…. umm.. Indira Canteens!“.
Citizen’s concerns- Canteens Encroached park area?
Like all the other public eatery stations, this one as well, has been swaying away from adhering to the cleanliness standards on the Bengaluru roads. The RWA of Jayanagar not only protested on the felling of trees to host a canteen but another locality residents who are unhappy with the fact that the canteen ward for their area has encroached upon the park premises as the ward is situated within the park itself. There are issues of improper disposal as well, but more than this, it is the unnecessary and unjustified politics over food which has become the question of the hour. In a country where there are plenty of hunger ridden states such as Bihar, Jharkhand, what Congress chose was Karnataka- just because it is this state which conducts elections next.
God Bless Indians (us).