Rajiv Thali Yojana Now Closed (राजीव थाली योजना बंद): The state government of Himachal Pradesh had earlier started the initiative of providing quality food at very low cost under the scheme named as Rajiv Thali Yojana. Under a similar scheme named “Amma Canteens”, the Tamil Nadu government is providing subsidy on food. But Rajiv Thali Yojana is different from Amma Canteens. Through this scheme, the government was providing a thali (Plate of food) with two rotis, a bowl of dal, sabzi, and rice at just Rs. 25.
A plan was being introduced by the government to provide food under this scheme at all the bus stands in the state. The idea of introducing the scheme on bus stands was given by the transport minister of Himachal Pradesh, G S Bali. After the scheme is implemented at bus stands, the passengers traveling by Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses, were not facing the problems of getting food from overcharging dhabas where buses halted during the journey.
Closed HP Rajiv Thali Yojana
After the success of Rajiv Thali Yojana, the concerned department was targeting to provide quality food to the passengers of Volvo buses. The price of a single thali was a bit higher for Volvo bus passengers. The department was working on the task of identifying the places where the facility could be stated for Volvo buses. HRTC minster said that, initially, it was difficult for the transport department to find contractors to run the scheme who saw no or marginal profit.
In the beginning, nobody had come forward, forcing us to issue the advertisement twice. But now the situation has been changed as they tied-up with unemployed youth and cooperative societies to run the canteens. As per the information, if a person sells 500 thali in a day then he would save Rs. 2 per plate and his daily income would be Rs. 1,000.
Prevent Overcharging at Dhabas While Travelling in Bus
In the beginning, the main target of Rajiv Thali Yojana at identified bus stands is to end the complaints of overcharging at dhabas. To keep the price of a thali nominal, the government was providing only required infrastructures to run the scheme. Besides, to ensure the food quality at these canteens, HRTC had provided space and HP Civil Supplies Corporation provides utensils under the CSR initiative.
Apart from providing food at nominal rates, drinking water packages are also being provided to the customers at Rs. 5 on a no-profit basis. Officials of HP Civil Supplies Corporation and HRTC had been assigned the task of ensuring the quality of food in these canteens.
Rajiv Thali Yojana was active in bus stands including, Palampur and Dharamshala of Kangra district, Una, and Mandi which has now been closed.
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