What are Indira Canteens?
- Indira Canteen is a food subsidy programme sponsored by the Karnataka government
- It aims at providing low-cost assistance to economically disadvantaged people
- CT Ravi wants the Indira Canteens to be renamed Annapoorneshwari Canteens by the government.
Indira Canteen is a food subsidy programme sponsored by the Karnataka government. These are inspired from Tamilnadu's Amma Unavagam which is also a food subsidisation programme.
The Canteens offer meals in Karnataka's civic wards, districts, and talukas. Breakfast, lunch, and supper are all available at the canteen.
Indira Canteen aims at providing low-cost assistance to economically disadvantaged people. The breakfast will consist of idlis and coconut chutney, along with variety of rice for the day. Lunch and supper will consist of rice, sambar, curd rice, tomato bath, and a few other dishes.
CT Ravi wants the Indira Canteens to be renamed Annapoorneshwari Canteens by the government.
In a tweet on Saturday, the Chikkamagaluru MLA said, “Request CM Sri @BSBommai to rename Indira Canteens across Karnataka as Annapoorneshwari Canteen at the earliest. Don’t see any reason why Kannadigas should be reminded of the dark days of Emergency while they are having food.”
Ravi's demand was criticised by KPCC president DK Shivakumar, who said that previous Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was the driving force behind the Green Revolution, which prioritised food security to end the colonial legacy of famines. Mrs Gandhi and Karnataka enjoyed a particular relationship, as anyone in Chikkamagaluru will tell you, he added.
Indira Canteens in Karnataka, according to Shivakumar, carried on Indira Gandhi's pro-poor tradition.
Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah also termed the demand as 'vengeance' politics.
"Demanding a change in the name of Indira Canteen is nothing but vengeance politics. There are so many programmes (named) after the leadership of BJP. Did we demand to change those names?" Siddaramaiah said, news agency ANI quoted.