Bhubaneswar: The state government has directed collectors to reduce number of Aahar meals after reviewing the field report regarding the subsidised food distribution for urban and rural poor.
A review meeting for Aahar scheme has also been scheduled for April 25 after the field report showed decline in number of customers at the Aahar centres in many districts.
While the scheme first catered to urban poor, later it was made available to rural areas too. The meal includes rice and ‘dalma’ only for Rs 5. There are at present 73 Aahar centres in 30 districts of the state. The scheme was designed on the lines of Amma canteen in Tamil Nadu.
After seeing the field reports, to prevent wastage of food, Housing and Urban development secretary G Mathivathanan has directed collectors to review the centres in their respective district and reduce the number of meals if need be. The meeting on April 25 will include discussion on the quality of food served, number of people buying the food and the quantity of food remaining unsold as well as the expense and other details.