The much-awaited ‘Anna canteen’ were inaugurated in Kakinada and Rajamahendravaram on Wednesday, as part of a State-wide programme. Three canteens, which will provide breakfast and meal at a subsidised price of Rs. 5 each, were opened on a pilot basis in East Godavari district.

Long-pending project

Home Minister N. Chinarajappa inaugurated an ‘Anna canteen’ at Quarry Centre in Rajamahendravaram and had his lunch with the daily wagers. Speaking on the occasion, he said setting up ‘Anna canteens’ was among the long-pending projects of the State government.

Quality matters

“Now, the canteens will offer quality food to the daily wagers and the destitute. There will be no compromise on the quality and quantity of food being served here. We are planning to increase the number of canteens in a phased manner and the idea is set up at least one canteen each mandal headquarters,” the Home Minister said.

In all, 100 canteens in 35 towns were opened in the first phase, while another 103 units in 75 towns would be inaugurated in the next. “More than two lakh people will be fed everyday,” he said. City Mayor Pantam Rajani Sesha Sai, MLAs Akula Satyanarayana, Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary, GUDA chairman Ganni Krishna and other leaders were present on the occasion.

In a similar programme in Kakinada, East Godavari Collector Kartikeya Misra, along with Mayor Sunkara Pavani and MLAs Vanamadi Venkateswara Rao and Pilli Ananthalakshmi, inaugurated two canteens.

The officials and people’s representatives had food at the newly inaugurated canteens and expressed satisfaction over the quality.

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