Siddaramaiah government is all set to reintroduce the iconic Indira Canteen after storming back to power. This activity was one of the most popular measures taken by the Congress government in the 2013-2018 period.
A virtual meeting was held by Tushar Girinath, Chief Commissioner, BBMP, with the zonal commissioners and other officials. The meeting ended with a decision to submit a report about the present condition of the canteens.
Officials stated that out of the 175 Indira Canteens in Bengaluru city, 163 are still operational while 12 are closed. Officials have been directed to clean the places and appoint pourakarmikas to dispose of the garbage.
Siddaramaiah expressed his intentions to restart the canteens, which had several thousand people, in his first press conference as the chief minister. However, he also stated that considering the current state of the places.
A report by the Indian Express stated that the breakfast will not cost Rs. 10 (up from Rs.5), however, the menu will have more items. Officials have also reiterated the fact that they will incorporate more nutritious food items, and will work to make dinner available based on demand.