'Anna Canteens' Launched By The Andhra Pradesh Government

 'Anna Canteens' Launched By The Andhra Pradesh Government

New Delhi: Today, the much-awaited 'Anna Canteens' were launched by the Andhra Pradesh government, in various parts of the state.

N Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister, inaugurated a canteen in Vijayawada to mark the launch of the programme while. About 60 'Anna Canteens' were opened in the first phase across the state.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation will run these canteens.

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'Anna Canteens' where breakfast, lunch and dinner would be served at mere cost of Rs. 5 each, was one of the major promises of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) made ahead of the 2014 polls.

Since 2014, Ministers and officials had visited Tamil Nadu and other places frequently to "study" the functioning of such canteens. However the government had failed to implement the programme because of financial constraints.

The first 'Anna Canteen' named after N T Rama Rao, the founder-president of TDP, was opened in March 2016, on a pilot basis close to the Government Transitional Headquarters at Velgapudi in Amaravati. In last two years only three more canteens were opened at other places.

The government came out with a plan to set up 203 'Anna Canteens' across the state, with polls just a few months away.

"You can benchmark these canteens internationally. KFC or McDonald's. Quality, environment, cleanliness, hygiene... you name anything, nowhere you will have such perfection," the chief minister said while addressing a public meeting after the inauguration ceremony.

The canteens are made hi-tech by installing CCTV cameras and other gadgets, by the state government.

"Once a person enters, his finger print or Iris is captured for facial recognition. This will prevent entry of fraudulent people," Mr Naidu pointed out.

Everyone was appealed by him to donate liberally to run the canteens so that more needy people could be provided food.

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