TN govt launches series of budget canteens



Chennai: Setting in motion to provide the popular South Indian dish, idli, and other items at affordable rates, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday launched a series of budget canteens in the city.

This was in line with an announcement made recently to benefit daily wage labourers and others earning substantially low wages.

Jayalalithaa launched the initiative of Chennai Corporation by lighting a lamp at a function here, simultaneously inaugurating 15 such facilities.

The Corporation had proposed opening 200 such canteens that will function from 7 am to 10 pm where the prices of food such as idli and various cooked rice items have been fixed between one rupee and Rs 5.

The scheme will be implemented through local women's Self-Help Groups (SHGs), a government release said.

PTI