Bhubaneswar, Feb 11 (Localwire): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday inaugurated 38 new ‘Aahar’ centres, the state government’s low cost canteen scheme, in 17 districts.
With this, total number of ‘Aahar’ centres has gone up to 157.
The Aahar canteens are now available in all the 114 urban pockets of Odisha.
“Aahar is a popular scheme and it is very pleasing that the total number of centres operating under it has gone up to 157 in the state today. Now, all urban areas in the state have been covered under the scheme with 56 hospital campuses getting the facility,” Patnaik said.
Aahar centres located near hospitals provide night meals, while the rest serve food only during day time.
Of the 38 new Aahar centres, one is located on the campus of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) near Sijua.
The Aahar scheme is a subsidised food programme of the government. The actual cost of a dalma-rice meal is around Rs 20, while people pay only Rs 5 for it. The state government extends Rs 15 as subsidy per plate.