At Mamata’s Kitchen in Bengal, migrants to get meals at Rs 5

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The Trinamool Congress has started ‘Didir Rannaghar [Mamata’s Kitchen]’ in West Bengal to provide meals to the migrant workers for Rs 5 only. The initiative, ‘Mamata’s Kitchen’, has been started with an aim to support lakhs of migrants workers in the state who lost their jobs and suffered a financial setback due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

At ‘Didir Rannaghar’ or ‘Mamata’s Kitchen’, meals would be provided to the migrant workers at Rs 5 between 11 am and 3 pm. The meals at ‘Didir Rannaghar [Mamata’s Kitchen]’ would be vegetarian, mostly, and would include rice, dal (pulses), mix vegetable, ‘Khichdi’ (cooked rice and lentils), and papad.

While Mamata’s Kitchen has already started functioning in Howrah, Belgachhia (in Kolkata) and Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas, the Trinamool Congress plans to provide meals at Rs 5 to migrant workers across the state during the festive season.

TMC MLA Tapas Roy told News18 that ‘Didir Rannaghar’ aims to benefit the underprivileged sections/unorganised sectors who have suffered immensely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tapas Roy also said that the Trinamool Congress is also planning to donate clothes to the poor during the festive season.

Meanwhile, West Bengal’s coronavirus tally surged past 2,50,000 on Monday with 3,155 fresh cases, while 56 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,837, a bulletin released by the state health department said.

The state has registered a total of 2,50,580 coronavirus cases so far. Since Sunday, 2,923 people have recovered from the disease, taking the discharge rate to 87.73 per cent.

(With PTI inputs)

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TMC Starts ‘Mamata’s Kitchen’ Scheme to Provide Migrant Workers Meals for Rs 5

Kolkata: With an aim to support lakhs of migrant workers who have suffered a massive financial setback due to job losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinamool Congress has started a community kitchen under the name, ‘Didir Rannaghar (Mamata’s kitchen)’.

At ‘Didir Rannaghar’, a meal would cost as little as Rs 5 during the Durga Puja period. The kitchen will be functional every day between 11 am and 3 pm, and the menu (which will change every day) will be mostly vegetarian and include rice, dal (pulses), mix vegetable, ‘shukto’ (vegetable stew) soyabean, ‘Khichdi’ (cooked rice and lentils), papad.

As Bengal prepares itself for “measured” Durga Puja celebrations this year amid social distancing, the kitchen initiative by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in association with various party clubs is likely to bring smiles on lakhs of people who are struggling to find even one square meal a day.

These kitchens have already started functioning in Howrah district, Belgachhia (in Kolkata) and Barrackpore in North 24-Parganas district. The TMC also plans to run similar kitchens across the state for the duration of the festive season.

Speaking to the News18, TMC MLA Tapas Roy said, “Under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, we have decided to stand beside the people, primarily those belonging to the underprivileged sections/unorganised sectors as they have suffered a lot due to the pandemic situation. We are hopeful that ‘Didir Rannaghar’ will benefit them immensely.”

“Apart from cooked food, we are planning to donate clothes to the poor so they can wear new clothes during the festive seasons. ‘Didir Rannaghar’ is a pledge undertaken by the TMC to support those who are battling to feed their family members due to job loss.”

A special attention will be paid to hygiene in these kitchens and to make them popular, several posters with public hygiene messages will be put up at block level.

CPI (M) has already started nearly 700 ‘Sramojibi canteen’ (community kitchen) across the state. The party has also also initiated 50 health clinics and safe houses for the poor who cannot afford expensive health care facilities.

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