Tamil Nadu Kalaignar Canteen Scheme 2021|Free Food to Poor People

The Tamil Nadu government will launch Kalaignar Canteens across the state soon named after late Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, in addition to the existing Amma Canteens.It has been proposed to open an additional 500 such community kitchens to be called as Kalaignar Unavagam in the coming days,” Food Minister R Sakkarapani told a meeting organised by the Union Government to address hunger and malnutrition in the country.

Launching of Kalaignar Unavagam (canteen) is one of the poll promises of the DMK. However, the new DMK dispensation has been continuing with Amma Canteens launched by the then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in 2013. Amma Canteens have been hugely successful as they provide quality meals at an affordable price. The scheme served as inspiration for low-cost canteens across the country with several state governments implementing it. 

TN Kalaignar Canteen Scheme 2021

Over the past few years the scheme has faced a fund crunch. In 2020 the State government said it would form a special purpose vehicle to finance it. The Amma canteens, named for a term used to address Jayalalithaa, were an immediate success. The scheme has been replicated in a few other States. Following this, the Jayalalithaa government introduced a series of Amma Brand schemes, including Amma Mineral Water and Amma Salt.

Stating that the TN government has been running 650 Amma Unavagams through local bodies to provide hygienic food at a subsidised prices to the poor, Sakkarapani said these canteens are located at government hospitals near the district headquarters to help the attendants of patients and outpatients. These canteens provide one idly for Rs 1, pongal for Rs 5, variety rice for Rs 5, and curd rice for Rs 3 during the day and two chapathis with dal for Rs 3 in the evenings.

Menu under Amma Canteen Scheme in Tamilnadu

Amma canteens run in all the Government Medical College Hospitals and those in the district headquarters for the benefit of patients attendants and others. The community kitchens under TN Amma Unavagam Scheme provides one idly for Rs. 1, pongal for Rs. 5, variety rice (sambar rice, curry leaves rice and lemon rice) for Rs 5 and curd rice for Rs 3 during the day and two chapatis with dal for Rs 3 in the evenings.

Amma canteens run in all the Government Medical College Hospitals and those in the district headquarters for the benefit of patients attendants and others. The community kitchens under TN Amma Unavagam Scheme provides one idly for Rs. 1, pongal for Rs. 5, variety rice (sambar rice, curry leaves rice and lemon rice) for Rs 5 and curd rice for Rs 3 during the day and two chapatis with dal for Rs 3 in the evenings.

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