Gandhi, after inaugurating one-such canteen in the city, suffered a slip of tongue in his address when he said, "Every single poor person in every single city in Bangalore will feel that in the state of Karnataka, under Siddaramaiah ji's government, I simply can not go hungry".
AICC Vice-President Rahul Gandhi inaugurated 'Indira Canteen, ' the controversial but ambitious programme of Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, at Kanakanapalya, near Ashoka Pillar in Jayanagar, here this morning.
In the initial phase of the launch, 101 canteens will daily serve vegetarian breakfast at Rs 5 per plate and lunch and dinner at Rs 10 each in 101 civic wards.
Rahul also congratulated the Karnataka Government and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for the initiative and said that the Indira Canteen is another step towards the "Food for All" commitment of the Congress.
Rahul will address Congress party workers after the inauguration, following which, he will leave for Delhi.
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In addition to this, 5 of the 27 kitchens opened to service the canteens will be reserved for women's self-help groups. "I am happy that it is under the Congress government that the poor people are getting such facilities", he added.
It will also help the people to concentrate on the work they are doing for the economic development of the country instead of worrying to earn for two meals a day, which is very important for survival. "I think we owe this to every single citizen", he said.
The BBMP sources said that they were working on setting up of remaining canteens by 2 October, coinciding the birth anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi. A total of 27 kitchens will be set up across the city to cater to these canteens, of which 14 are ready and six are now in working condition.
In his budget speech earlier this year, Siddaramaiah announced "Namma Canteens" in all 198 wards of Bengaluru which would serve breakfast at Rs5 and lunch and dinner at Rs10. "Indira Canteens", he said. Back in 2013, J Jayalalithaa had launched Amma Unnavagam or Mother's canteen with a vision to provide low-priced meals for the people at large.
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