Decoding the Rs 10 thali that Shiv Sena promised

While campaigning ahead of the 2019 Maharashtra state polls, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had promised to offer one meal for Rs 10 along with a loan waiver for the farmers.

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Going forward with Shiv Sena’s pre-poll promise of offering meals/thalis for Rs 10 in Maharashtra, the Food and Civil Supplies Department is proposing the launch of this pilot program in the canteens of the district collectorate and municipal corporations. It is said that the meal will comprise of chapatis, sabzi, a portion of rice, dal/curry as well as a dessert.

While campaigning ahead of the 2019 Maharashtra state polls, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had promised to offer one meal for Rs 10 along with a loan waiver for the farmers.

Thackeray, now the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, will receive a proposal for the implementation of this scheme in the state. Though the suggested meal plan will be priced at Rs 10 for the citizens, it will cost the government nearly Rs 50 due to the growing prices of everyday commodities, it is said. However, the deficit will be accounted for with grants to the relevant departments.

Originally, the plan was to launch this under the Corporate Socal Responsibility or CSR Fund. However, since this would affect the main purpose of this fund, the food department decided to take a different approach. This meal plan will also be a part of “Maha Vikas Aghadi” which is the state government’s official common minimum programme.

Shiv Sena recently came under fire for considering the felling of around 1,000 trees in Aurangabad’s Priyadarshini Park for the construction of a state-of-the-art memorial for the late Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.

Critics pointed out the party’s hypocrisy as Shiv Sena has been quite vocal about conserving the Aarey Colony which saw the removal of over 2,000 trees for the construction of the Metro car shed. While CM Uddhav Thackeray’s first order of business as the Chief Minister was to stay the work on the planned Aarey Metro car shed, the proposed cutting of trees in the 17-acre Priyadarshini Park which is reportedly home to around 70 species of birds and 40 species of butterflies and reptiles is certainly not expected to go down well.

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