The Maa Canteen project, which provides food to the urban poor at a subsidised rate of Rs 5 just two weeks after it was launched by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, appears to be a success. According to the Department of Urban Development & Municipal Affairs of the Government of West Bengal (GoWB), the total number of meals served since the canteen’s inception was 1,19,112 as of February 25, 2021.
“The food is delicious. We’re overjoyed because of everything we get for Rs 5. I used to pay Rs 35 per day on average. I’m currently saving a lot of money” says Jakir Naskar, a security guard. “For the poor, it is a pleasant arrangement. Will the poor be forced to work and fend for themselves, or will they be concerned about food? “Nabakumar Majhi, a local, inquired. While Majhi dined at the Maa canteen for the first time, his relative Uttam Kumar was relieved to save money.
About Project “Maa”
From February 15th, 2021, Maa, an initiative of the Department of Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, GoWB, started provided subsidised mid-day meals to the poor and vulnerable residents of the state’s urban areas. There are 49 canteens in total, spread across 28 districts, with 22 of them in Kolkata. According to Mamata Banerjee, just as a Maa or Amma in a family feeds all, the Maa project will feed those who need it. Rice, dal, vegetables, and egg curry are on the menu. The CM characterised the canteens, which operate from 1 to 3 p.m. in all urban civic bodies, as a “novel idea.”
Project Cloaked in Controversy
Dilip Ghosh, the state BJP chief, slammed the CM and called Maa canteen a political showbiz in response to the news. TMC retaliated. Debasish Kumar, a ruling party leader, said that the BJP was criticising Maa canteen for feeding the poor because the Centre’s schemes were anti-people. Sougata Roy, a TMC MP, also said that it is an effort to assist the needy.