The State Government, which is already reeling under a fund crunch, is likely to stop funding the Indira Canteens as it has become a burden on the exchequer.
Siddaramaiah claimed that he visited three Indira canteens in RT Nagar in the city in the afternoon and noticed that the usual crowd was missing from there.
The urban poor, daily-wage labourers and others without access to food because of the COVID-19 lockdown may finally get some respite.
Though a key festival in Karnataka, people have been asked to stay off the roads and support the government’s initiative to curb the spread of coronavirus.
“Nothing can be said about the quality as the contractors at some canteens, where complaints have come from, have not been changed,” he said.
If the 7-month-old BJP government approves the hike, breakfast dishes will be priced Rs 10 per plate and lunch/dinner items Rs 15 per plate.
In the case of construction, the contractors have constructed 19 kitchens on ground but have claimed bills for 27 canteens.
The Siddaramaiah government has introduced Indira Canteens in Bengaluru in August 2017.