On former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 93rd birthday, the civic bodies in Delhi rolled out "Atal Jan Aahaar Kendra" on the lines of Amma Canteen introduced by late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
The canteen, which has six centres in national capital that includes Okhla Mandi, Matiala chowk, Green Park/AIIMS, Raghubir Nagar, Kakraula Mor in Najafgarh and Shalimar Bagh, serves subsidised lunch for meager Rs 10 per thali.
The centres, that will remain functional between 11 am to 2 pm on all seven days, will provide four puris or 250g rice with 150g sabzi in one of these combinations - chhole-chawal, rajma-chawal, puri-sabzi, dalchawal, puri-chhole.
According to South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the Atal Jan Aahar Yojana has been started to make a nutritious full meal accessible to the needy, in a phased manner.
South Delhi mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat along with chairman of the civic body's Standing Committee Bhupender Gupta and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Matiala launched the scheme from Matiala Chowk under Najafgarh Zone.
Sehrawat said an important promise in the election manifesto is being fulfilled on the Good Governance Day celebrated on the birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "The scheme is being implemented in a phased manner. It will be expanded, in terms of more centres and distribution timings to including dinner as well," she said.