The State government on Sunday decided to set up 1,000 canteens through the Corporation of Chennai to provide quality food at affordable costs in the city.

An official release stated that the decision was taken with an aim of supplying the food to those living in slums, daily labourers, drivers, load-men and also migrant workers.

Ms.Jayalalithaa also directed the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation to supply 500 tonnes of rice at subsidised rate of Re. one per kg to the Chennai Corporation.

“These canteens will sell ‘idli’ at the rate of Re. 1, ‘sambar’ rice at Rs.5 and curd rice at Rs.3. A committee headed by the Chennai Corporation welfare officer will also be constituted to supervise the operations of these canteens,” the press release added.