Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today opened the 23rd centralised transparent modern kitchen of Akshay Patra Foundation at Bhadaj village near here to serving hot, nutritios mid-day meal to kids at nearby ‘anganwadis’.
She then herself served food to the toddlers.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Patel said there was a long tradition of providing food to the hungry in India.
She called upon the affluent class, corporate houses and philanthropists donating money for temples and religious places to spend money on social causes too, like modern kitchens to make Gujarat more progressive, educated, cultured, healthy, clean and green.
She said the modern mid-day meal scheme has also helped check dropout rates in schools in the state.
Ms Patel said her government’s another campaign was to provide toilet facility in every home in Gujarat over the next three years.
Lauding the efforts of Akshay Patra foundation, established in 2007, the Gujarat Chief Minister said the state government was planning to start quality mid-day meal scheme in collaboration with the foundation in Bhavnagar and Jamnagar cities and in the districts.
The Akshay Patra kitchen has been built by the foundation at a cost of Rs 15 crore on a two-acre plot donated by a family. UNI KK KAC SB BD1948 NNNN