The News Scroll 01 April 2020  Last Updated at 3:54 pm | Source: PTI

TN CM eats food at ''Amma'' Canteen, says ready to serve meal to multitudes more

TN CM eats food at ''Amma'' Canteen, says ready to serve meal to multitudes more
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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 have food. 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 Canteens. 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," he said. 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 Tamil Nadu. 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 RAVINDRANATH APR RAVINDRANATH

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