“As many as 12 lakh people have been provided food through Amma Canteens in the city in 200 days”, Commissioner of Salem Corporation M. Ashokan said on Wednesday.

He said this in connection with the celebration of the 200th day of the canteens in Salem city.

He said that there are 10 Amma Canteens in the four zones in Salem city – three each in Hasthampatti and Sooramangalam Zones and two each at Kondalampatti and Ammapet Zones.

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The canteens sell 12,000 idlis, 3,000 plates each of curd rice and sambar rice every day.

Mr. Ashokan added that a total of 24 lakh idlis, six lakh curd rice and six lakh sambar rice that have been sold out till Wednesday.

Mayor of Salem Corporation S. Soundappan said that the canteens in the city have provided job opportunities to 240 women members of self help groups.

R. Saravanan (34) of Thoopukadu who frequents the canteens made an appeal to the Corporation to increase the quantity of food served in the canteens.

People also wanted canteens in Salem to serve chappathi and other items that are served for dinner in the ‘Amma Canteens’ in Chennai.

Responding to these long pending requests, corporation officials said that it may not be possible till the State Government sanctions funds for running the canteens.