Chennai, Apr 1 (PTI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K
Palaniswami on Wednesday had food at a state-run Amma Canteen
here and asserted that directions have been issued to
authorities to cook meals for any number of people.
Palaniswami inspected Amma Canteens at Foreshore Estate
and Kamaraj Salai in the downtown area as part of his checks,
had hot ''idlis'' and interacted with people who came there to
As part of the lockdown measures to tackle coronavirus,
restaurants in the state are permitted to offer only takeaways
and dine-in amenities are open only at government run Amma
The Chief Minister, later speaking to reporters said "we
have told authorities to give as much food as needed to the
people...the government has given orders to cook food for any
number of people."
While as many as 4.5 lakh people had food every day at
Amma Canteens here, Palaniswami said all steps have been taken
to ensure full availability at eateries across the State and
serve to the public.
Asked about a plea for free food at the State run
canteens, he said the delicacies were already being provided
at a very low cost.
"Idli is given for just Rs one and across India, it is in
Tamil Nadu that we (the government) are providing idli for a
rupee. Tamil Nadu (AmmaCanteen) is a model for other states,"
Launched by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa years ago
to cater to the working classes and needy people, Amma Canteen
or ''Amma Unavagam'' in Tamil is run by local bodies across
Lauding her initiative to help the needy, he said the
scheme continues to be run efficiently in the state.
"Several states have replicated her model. The chain of
Amma Canteens has come in handy for the people."
As part of his inspection, Palaniswami, along with
Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar and top officials, also
checked the availability of stocks.
Here, each idli costs Rs 1, two pieces of roti Rs 3,
Pongal Rs 5 and rice varities including sambar, lemon
and curd Rs 5. PTI VGN APR
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