New Delhi: The Centre has constituted a Group of Food Secretaries from States along with Senior officers of Central Government to deliberate on the framework of the Community Kitchens Scheme.
While making an announcement, Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal today affirmed that Community Kitchens Scheme needs to be prepared- which is simple, transparent and in the benefit of people. He said, we should have empathy towards poor of the country and should ensure collective resolve to run successful and transparent food programmes to ensure proper nutrition to children.
Addressing the All India Food Ministers’ Meeting in New Delhi, Mr Goyal stated that Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, PMGKAY is probably the world’s largest food programme undertaken, during COVID period. He said, no one in the country was deprived of food grains. The Minister said, it should be our resolve that quality food grains should reach the beneficiaries in all parts of the country on the basis of need for focused and identified set of people who are vulnerable especially women and children including homeless, slum dwellers, workers on industrial and construction sites.
Thanking all the states for coordinating with the Centre to ensure that food grains distribution goes on smoothly, the Minister stated that it was a huge achievement that even during the peak of COVID-19, we did not allow any food shortages to occur. He said, it is the result of collective efforts that no case of death due to starvation has been reported during the pandemic.