Odisha Government on 1 April 2015 launched a cheap meal scheme Aahar for providing subsidised food to urban poor. The scheme was launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the occasion of State’s Foundation Day, that is, Utkala Diwas.
In the first phase, the scheme was launched in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Rourkela.
As part of the scheme, Aahar outlets will be opened in these five cities. These outlets will serve meal comprising of Rice, Dalma and Pickle at a subsidised rate of 5 rupees with financial assistance from three State run corporations and Tata Steel.
Further under the scheme, each Aahar outlet will cater to one thousand people daily between 11 am and 3 pm.
The organisations that will support the scheme in different cities include
• In Cuttack and Bhubaneshwar - Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC)
• In Rourkela - Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC)
• In Sambalpur - Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO)
• In Berhampur – Tata Steel
When: 1 April 2015