Berhampur, Oct 16 (LocalWire): After top bureaucrats, elected leaders today joined local citizens for lunch at one of the Aahar centres here.
Launched in April 2015, the Aahar centres are part of the state government’s cheap meal scheme for the urban poor and serve cooked rice, dalma and pickle at Rs 5.
Berhampur MP and former Union minister Chandra Sekhar Sahu and local MLA Bikram Kumar Panda paying a surprise visit to the Aahar centre at the new bus-stand area.
The duo joined the queue at the counter, took tickets for the meal and interacted with those having lunch, seeking their feedback on the quality and quantity of the food served at the centre.
‘The quality and taste of the food was good,’ Sahu said after finishing his lunch.
He, however, pointed out that while the interior of the Aahar centre was hygienic, the external drainage system was not proper and the overhead water tank placed on the rooftop was not covered.
‘We have pointed this to the concerned officers, including the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore, who has assured to take care of it,’ the MP stated.
‘Our main aim was to examine the quality of food being served where poor people take their lunch,’ Panda said.
Four days ago, top bureaucrats, including chief secretary Asit Tripathy, 5 T secretary V Karthikeyan Pandian and National Rural Health Mission director Shalini Pandit had taken their lunch at the Aahar centre at Boudh.
The trio had eaten the cheap meal at the centre during their visit to the district to review the health scheme in the district.