HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) which launched a pilot project offering hot and hygienic meals for poor and needy at Rs 5 has so far provided food to as many as 12.50 lakh people in the last one year.
This scheme was launched in March last year by former Mayor M Majid Hussain. The GHMC is the only corporation in the country which has taken up this innovative scheme to help poor and needy.
GHMC has introduced this scheme with the help of Hare Krishna Foundation and successfully completed one year.
So far 22 food centres have been opened where about 8,000 people are taking lunch in different parts of the city. These 22 centres have been opened at major hospitals, bus stands, railway stations and other places. Even students are utilising this scheme at City Library, Chikkadpally where more than 500 students have meals daily.
The Rs 5 food scheme provides 450 grams of rice, 100 grams of dal, sambar and pickle and is served to the people in a hygienic way. The food is being prepared at Hare Krishna Foundation at Patancheru and is being distributed to various centres through mobile vans where GHMC staff serves the meals to the people.
This scheme launched at Nampally Sarai, LB Nagar, Mehdipatnam bus stand, Chintalbasti, Guddimalkapur, Charminar, Secunderabad Clock Tower, Moosapet, Liberty Cross Road, Madhapur, Kukatpally, Khairatabad, Langer Houz, NIMS Hospital, Ashok Nagar library centre, Monda Market, Lalapet etc is being successfully implemented.
GHMC is planning to set up more centres in the coming days.
Each meal costs around Rs 22.50 of which the GHMC’s contribution is Rs 15 and Hare Krishna Foundation gives Rs 2.50 and remaining is paid by the beneficiaries. The scheme was introduced by GHMC special officer Somesh Kumar.
Chief Election Commissioner HS Brahma also visited one of the centres and lauded the GHMC for taking up the programme and opined that other municipal corporations should emulate this scheme.
The GHMC is also making elaborate arrangements to display names of sponsors who come forward to feed the poor on important occasions like birthdays, death anniversaries and other important occasions.