Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 10
Sanjhi Rasoi, a community kitchen project with the joint efforts of Red Cross and the district administration was inaugurated at the Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Sarai situated on the premises of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. The kitchen will be open for all and will serve meals at Rs 10 per head, with changed menu every day. Inaugirating the project, Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said it’s people’s kitchen, for the people by the people.
“The project aims to tackle the issue of hunger for those who cannot afford two square meals a day. Donations of up to Rs 1 lakh have already been received and more would follow. The concept is unique and we will try to expand it in all districts,” he said.
The kitchen would get financial support through voluntary donations only with the administration providing managerial support. “Our prime concern is providing healthy meals, not just to the poor but everyone. To maintain the quality standard of food, a team of health inspectors will test the food every month,” said Vikas Heera, Deputy Commisioner and in charge of the project.
The meal provided will be packaged and contain one seasonal vegetable preparation or lentils, four chapatis and pickle. A staff of 25-30 workers will be in charge of the kitchen.
President, CKD, Charanjit Singh Chadha, present on the occasion, also relished a Sanjhi Rasoi meal with Sidhu, MLA Sunil Dutti and other eminent political and administrative personalities. Chadha while appreciating the welfare efforts of the district administration commented that the Chief Khalsa Diwan had taken the responsibility to contribute Rs 30,000 per month for the Sanjhi Rasoi project. Moreover, the CKD was also offering a spacious hygienic kitchen and rooms of the CKD Sarai for the smooth functioning of the Sanjhi Rasoi project. He said the CKD was already providing free of cost lodging facilities in the Sarai to the attendants of patients and to establish catering facilities at Rs 10 per head through the Sanjhi Rasois.
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