Nearly a year after the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NMC) launched its Rs 10 per thali kiosks in the Shalimar Bagh area on a pilot basis, news is coming in that they plan to develop 500 more such kiosks across parts of the city that come under their jurisdiction.
“We started from Shalimar Bagh ward on a pilot basis. The thali will be available for Rs 10, and we have decided to keep aloo-puri and kadhi-chawal on the menu. The vendor will be given advertisement rights to ensure that any shortfall from the scheme is compensated with the help of advertisements. The facility will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.,” said Tilak Raj Kataria, a high-ranking municipal officer working with NMC, to Times of India.
As per the NMC’s proposal, each municipal ward will have five such kiosks. The NMC’s thali project, announced in the last civic polls, is an extension of the Jan Aahar scheme launched by former CM Sheila Dikshit.
All councillors are expected to identify space for the development of five kiosks in their wards. By December 2018, NDMC believes that these 500 kiosks would serve the poor across 104 municipal wards. The pilot thali project, meanwhile, was launched on December 25 (former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday) last year under the Centre’s Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Antyodaya Yojana.
A similar project was undertaken by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation as well.
This week’s announcement by the NMC follows the Delhi government’s plans to deliver rations to the doorstep of its poorest residents. According to the Aam Aadmi Party government, although the public distribution system targets 20 lakh beneficiaries, rampant corruption in the system prevents those who really need subsidised rations from procuring it.
In a bid to address these concerns, the Delhi cabinet approved the ‘doorstep delivery of rations’ to beneficiaries on a timely basis. However, many are still not clear about the full contours of this policy.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)