Rs 6.48 crore sanctioned for ShivBhojan scheme for three months

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Mumbai, January 23, 2020:- The implementation of ambitious Shivbhojan scheme initiated by the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will be starting in the entire state from Republic Day, 26 January 2020. The objective of this scheme is to make food available for the poor and needy in the state at very less rates. Rupees 6.48 crores have been sanctioned for the remaining quarter of financial year as subsidy for the scheme. The first phase will be starting on experimental basis in the headquarter of each and every district of the state.

The price for the ‘Thali’ (one plate) in the urban area will be 50 rupees whereas that in the rural area will be rupees 35. This scheme will be implemented through the mess, canteens, voluntary organizations, women Self Help Group (SHG’s), restaurant and eateries to be selected by a committee. At the municipal corporation and district level, the district magistrate will be heading the committee whereas, in the Mumbai-Thane region, the Controller of Rationing and Director of Civil Supplies will be the head of the committee. At the taluka level, the Tehsildar will be leading the panel. They will be responsible for selection of the eateries or mess. A committee headed by the chief secretary of the state will be monitoring the implementation of this scheme at state level.

Online subsidy

The canteens, NGO’s, women SHG’s, restaurants, mess found eligible by the committee will be given the contract of providing the meals for rupees 10 and the remaining amount will be given to them as subsidy by the food and civil supplies department, directly to the District Magistrate. In Mumbai-Thane region, the amount will be transferred in the account of Controller of Rationing and Director of Civil Supplies. The calculation of information in the Shivbhojan app will be done and the subsidy will be deposited online, every fortnight.

The meal will be served between 12 to 2 p.m. and minimum capacity for accommodating 25person will be made available at one time. In each canteen, a minimum of 75 and maximum of 150 plates of meals would be served.