Anna canteens in Andhra shuts down
Across Andhra Pradesh from the past 2 days, Anna Canteens, providing meals at Rs 5 to the poor and the middle class, were shut down. Canteens were found to be locked by daily wage labourers, beggars, other poor folks who thronged the canteens every day.
Initially, it was thought as a temporary decision by the government by the services haven’t been resumed which made it clear that there is something wrong. All 204 canteens downed their shutters as the outsourcing agency stopped supplying of food following the state government’s orders. This shutdown is temporary and it would re-launch the scheme with certain modifications, assured the YSRCP government.
The canteens were proving a boon to the poor as they were getting breakfast, lunch and dinner at Rs 5 each while working since July-August last year. The new dispensation has decided to streamline the canteens, alleging corruption in the scheme launched by the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government. On Wednesday night, Akshaya Patra, which cooks and supply food for the canteens, supplied the last meal.
The canteens were shut because the government has not announced alternate arrangements. To slam the Jagan Mohan Reddy government for shutting down the canteens, TDP General Secretary Nara Lokesh took to Twitter. The government shut down the canteens due to political vendetta, tweeted Lokesh, who is the son of TDP chief and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. He asked, "Mr Chief Minister hunger doesn't know politics. Should the poor go hungry for your political vendetta.”