In a change of strategy the Civil Supplies department is planning to collaborate with the District Panchayats to revive the chain of Maveli hotels in the state.
Anoop Jacob, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies said that the Maveli hotels failed to click as the onus of their functioning was completely on the shoulders of the department under him. “Through the new strategy, we envisage to share the amount of work with the District Panchayats. They have a lot of flexibility and can delegate the work according to their discretion. For instance, they can rope in agencies like the Kudumbasree,” he said. According to the minister the aim will be to provide food at the lowest rates. “The cost of meals would not exceed `20 and that of tiffin will not go beyond `10 to `15,” he said. The civil supplies department will take care of supplying groceries to the District Panchayat, once they arrange facilities to run the hotels. “It would be of immense help if they find us suitable locations for establishing the hotels. We will consider the feasibility of their suggestions, and are ready to leave the project entirely to them,” the Minister said.
Anoop Jacob also said the department is also exploring the possibility of providing Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) connections for these hotels. All but four of the Maveli hotels in the state which were started to provide subsidised food, have been wound up. Two of these hotels are located at Ernakulam and the remaining two are in Thiruvananthapuram and Thrissur. The hotels at Ernakulam Civil station, Kakkanad and Mini Civil station, Tripunithura are operating as canteens. In Thiruvananthapuram, though it functions more or less as like a Maveli hotel, the losses suffered are huge. The case of Thrissur is not much different.
“Hence we decided to eschew the old strategy and come up with a new one,” Anoop Jacob said.