NEW DELHI: Delhi’s Social Welfare Minister Yoganand Shastri on Monday inaugurated a new centre of “Aap Ki Rasoi” here at Jhandewalan that will ensure at least one full meal a day to the homeless, the poor and the destitute people. The centre has been opened under the Delhi Government’s “Bhagidari” programme.
Describing the opening of the second centre of “Aap Ki Rasoi” as a noble joint venture between the State Government and a national daily, Dr. Shastri said the intensification of “Hunger-Free Delhi Campaign” would go a long way in curbing malnutrition among children.
“The State Government would continue to facilitate non-government organisations and business houses in distribution of cooked food at specified centres,” he added.
Dr. Shastri expressed confidence that fresh food would be provided every day between 12 noon and 3 p.m. at the centres. “The Government under its new initiative would give permission to utilise night shelters for distribution of cooked food whereas the donors would bring hygienically cooked material for distribution to the poor.”
The “Hunger-Free Delhi Campaign” is aimed at the hapless destitute population which often goes to sleep on an empty stomach on the Capital’s footpaths. One such centre in Nizamuddin Basti was inaugurated by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on April 16 where the Akshardham Mandir Trust is distributing cooked food.