'Shiv Bhojan Thali' at ₹5 for three months, decides Maharashtra cabinet

In the first-ever cabinet meeting via video conferencing, the Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday also decided to amend the Maharashtra Public Trusts Act to get additional financial aid from the charitable trusts.

'Shiv Bhojan Thali' at ₹5 for three months, decides Maharashtra cabinet
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The Maharashtra government for the first time held a cabinet meeting via video conferencing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The cabinet on Tuesday decided to amend the Maharashtra Public Trusts Act to get additional financial aid from the charitable trusts. 

The amendment of Maharashtra Public Trusts Act will allow the state government to receive financial support from charitable trusts to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. In the first-ever cabinet meeting via video conferencing, various ministers virtually interacted with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. 

During the meeting, the cabinet also decided that the state-sponsored ‘Shiv Bhojan Thali’ will be available at ₹5 per plate for the next three months. Moreover, the ‘Shiv Bhojan Thali’ will be initiated at ‘Taluka’ level in Maharashtra. 

In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, the Maharashtra government is ensuring food to the marginalised and the needy. It had slashed the prices of ‘Shiv Bhojan Thali’ from ₹10 to ₹5 amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

The Maharashtra cabinet also approved the decision to provide food grains along with other essentials at discount for those who possess the 'Kesari' ration card. This decision is applicable for three months - from April to June. The 'orange' ration card is for those who have an annual income between ₹15,000 to ₹1  lakh.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also interacted with the guardian minister of each district via video conferencing. Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar state home minister Anil Deshmukh, Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray were also present in the meeting.

It was being speculated earlier that the cabinet will take decisions on major subjects such as the lockdown which is ending on April 14. Keeping in mind the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope earlier said that nobody should assume that the lockdown will be lifted immediately. 


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