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Maharashtra govt's Shiv Bhojan Thali scheme benefitted over 4 crore people

The MVA government launched Shiv Bhojan Thali, an ambitious scheme, under the guidance of Chhagan Bhujbal, Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection. The scheme was launched on January 26, 2020 in the state.

Maharashtra govt's Shiv Bhojan Thali scheme benefitted over 4 crore people
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The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government’s flagship economy meal scheme, “Shiv Bhojan Thali” has benefitted over four crore people in the state from January 26, 2020 to May 1, 2021, informed Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Chhagan Bhujbal.

Originally priced at INR 10/plate, it was later slashed to INR 5/plate during lockdown and its popularity zoomed above expectations, especially among the hungry migrants, the poor, homeless, students, etc.

The MVA government launched Shiv Bhojan Thali, an ambitious scheme, under the guidance of Chhagan Bhujbal, Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection. The scheme was launched on January 26, 2020 in the state.

The government had decided in March 2020 to provide meals to consumers at just INR 5 so that the poor, farmers, labourers, homeless and students in the state would not go hungry during the outbreak of the coronavirus. This concessional rate was applicable till March 2021.

However, the pandemic has not been controlled yet again the state government has imposed strict restrictions in the state, it has decided to give the meals for free.

Due to the plight of hardworking, unorganized workers, migrants, out-of-town students, homeless people on the streets, etc., the Shiv Bhojan Thali scheme has been extended to the taluka level from April and the number of Shiv Bhojan Thali distributed in each district has been increased fivefold.

The Shiv Bhojan Kendra which used to distribute 100 thalis a day is now distributing 150 thalis.

Also, the time of this meal has been increased and food is being provided from 11 am to 3 am. The government is giving a subsidy of INR 45 per plate for urban areas and INR 30 per plate for rural areas.

Chhagan Bhujbal also expressed his intention to reach out to more and more people through Shiv Bhojan Thali across the state.

The growing response to the Shiv Bhojan Thali Yojana for the poor and needy citizens of the state is inspiring to the state government, and a sense of satisfaction that the scheme benefitting the needy, mentioned Bhujbal.

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