Coronavirus Crisis: 'Shiv Bhojan Thali' for ₹5, says Chhagan Bhujbal

The ‘Shiv Bhojan Thali’, launched by the Maharashtra government was priced at ₹10 earlier for the poor and the needy. In the view of the coronavirus pandemic, the rates have been halved considering that the the labours are left with no way to earn.

Coronavirus Crisis: 'Shiv Bhojan Thali' for ₹5, says Chhagan Bhujbal
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Maharashtra Food and Civil supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Sunday announced that the prices of ’Shiv Bhojan Thali’ have been reduced to ₹5 for three months in the wake of the coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak. 

The ‘Shiv Bhojan Thali’ is a scheme launched by the Maharashtra government. It was priced at ₹10 earlier for the poor and the needy. However, in the view of the coronavirus pandemic, the rates have been halved considering that the labours are left with no way to earn money during the 21-days nationwide lockdown. 

However, the migrant workers and labourers are the worst-hit by the nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In Delhi, Mumbai and across the country, the migrant workers have started walking to their homes as majority of them don't even have the money to buy food. 

However, the Maharashtra Government has asked the migrant workers from other states to stay while assuring that the government will take care of their basic needs. Earlier, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that if the stranded workers require help they should approach the tehsildars, district collector or other local self-government bodies. 

Amid the lockdown, the Uddhav Thackeray government has taken a fine step to provide the state-sponsored lunch thali for ₹5. In a relief to the marginalised and the needy amid coronavirus outbreak, the government has made a provision of ₹160 crores for the same.

The total number of cases tested positive for the coronavirus or COVID-19 in Maharashtra have increased to 196, as of March 29, Rajesh Tope informed. In Mumbai and Thane region, the number of positive COVID-19 cases has increased to 107. 

The number of cases in India has soared up to 979 with 25 deaths due to the coronavirus. The global death toll due to the COVID-19 has risen to 31,000. The state and central government have urged the people to not move out of their homes in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

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