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Centre Constitutes ‘Group of Food Secretaries’ to deliberate on Community Kitchens Scheme
Monday, 29 November, 2021, 16 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
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 announcing the Constitution of ‘Group of Secretaries’, Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Textiles and Commerce and Industry, affirmed that Community Kitchens scheme needs to be prepared- which is simple, transparent and in the benefit of people.

Goyal 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, Goyal said, “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 credit goes to all present here, and specially Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It should be our resolve that quality food grain should reach the beneficiaries in all parts of the country.”

Thanking all the States for coordinating with the Centre to ensure that food grain 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.

Goyal said, “It should be our resolve that quality food grain should reach the deserving 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.”

During the pandemic, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) has proved to be a boon. Goyal informed that more than 80 crore beneficiaries have been provided free food grains ensuring 'HarGharAnn'.  

Expressing delight at the extension of PMGKAY till March 2022, Goyal said, “Government will incur an expenditure of Rs 2.6 lakh crore in PMGKAY from Phase I-V, which will begin from December 1, 2021 after the completion of Phase 4. Referring to the crucial agendas of today’s meeting, the Minister said that Model Community Kitchens Scheme, in the context of directions of the  Supreme Court and One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC), with regard to status of implementation across various states (enabled in 34 States/UTs), Aadhaar seeding of Ration Cards and Biometrically authenticated FPS transactions will be discussed.”

Talking about the Model Community Kitchen Scheme, he said, “Community Kitchen will be of the community, run by the community and for the welfare of the community.”

The Minister urged that it needs to be built on 4 pillars of Quality, Hygiene, Reliability and Spirit of Service. “It will help us realize the goal that no one Sleeps Hungry,” he added.

Goyal said, “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. India is celebrating 75 weeks of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and in these remaining weeks of the mahotsav. Let’s discuss ideas to make India Aatmanirbhar in meeting its food requirements.
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