Aahar scheme in all district headquarters by February 25

Bhubaneswar, Jan 13: The state government on Tuesday announced to extend its much-hyped subsidized Aahar scheme to all district headquarters (DH) by February 25.

After expansion, around 30,300 subsidized meals would be provided everyday through 57 Aahar centres in 29 DH except Sambalpur (where it has already been existed), official sources said.

Last year on April 1, chief minister Naveen Patnaik launched the cheap meal scheme in all five municipal corporations--Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela and Sambalpur.

Four Aahar centres each have been opened in these five places where meal consisting of rice and dalma is being served at Rs 5. The scheme is being run with financial assistance from three state PSUs (Idco, OPGC and OMC) and Tata Steel.

"Societies headed by district collectors have been formed in all districts for operation of the scheme. The district collectors were asked to complete infrastructure works related to transportation, sanitation, water supply and stalls by February 21," said housing and urban development minister Pushpendra Singhdeo after a review meeting by chief minister here.

When asked about funding, Singhdeo said the district collectors are in touch with different industrial units of the respective districts. "Funding agencies have been finalized in almost all districts," he added.

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