On Thursday, the government formed a group of food secretaries from the state to brainstorm on the framework of the community kitchen scheme.
Eight food ministers from Kerala, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Assam, Bihar, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh form a group, with Madhya Pradesh’s food minister leading the group. I am.
Piyush Goyal, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, chairs the State Food Ministers’ Meeting, while announcing the formation of a group to consider how to develop a community kitchen scheme and a national food grid. bottom.
Goyal said the plan needs to be simple, transparent and beneficial to people.
“We should sympathize with the poor in the country and ensure a collective determination to implement a successful transparent food program to ensure proper nutrition for children,” he said during the meeting. Told.
State food ministers attending the meeting included Bihar, Gujarat, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Union Territory Pondicherry.
According to official sources, the next executive-level meeting will effectively take place on 29 November to discuss the proposed framework.
Goyal said at the meeting that during the pandemic, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) proved to serve more than Rs 8 billion beneficiaries. This provided free grain and did not cause food shortages in the country.
On Wednesday, the union cabinet cleared the extension of the plan until March 2022.
The minister referred to the meeting and said it was held in accordance with the instructions of the Supreme Court.
Other issues discussed at the meeting included a review of the implementation of the “One Nation One Ration Card” (ONORC) scheme and seeding of Aadhaar’s ration cards.
The Supreme Court met with the government on November 16 after hearing a petition jointly submitted by activists Anun Dawan, Ishan Dawan, and Kunjana Singh to pray for the establishment of a community kitchen and a national food network. And requested that the policy be formulated. 3 weeks time.