Congress party’s much ambitious Indira Canteens in Karnataka, which were opened to provide healthy and hygienic food at cheap rates, may soon shut down. The reports suggests that since HD Kumaraswamy took in the Chief Minister, the state government has not alloted any further funds for the project. This forced Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to shell out money to keep the project afloat.
Mysuru City corporation has not cleared the bills of the company which operates Indira canteens. If reports are to be believed then funds for Indira canteens are getting diverted to farm loan waiver scheme. This has to forced cheap meal project to a position, where it may soon shut down.
Due to large sum of funds being spent in loan waiver scheme, other projects are reportedly getting affected, and the government might pull the curtains down on many of them soon.
Inspired by Tamil Nadu’s Amma canteen, Indira canteens were inaugurated by Rahul Gandhi in August of 2017. However within months, the project found itself buried under a mountain of serious allegations. People alleged the canteens of storing food for days and having unhygienic cooking setup.
A month later, Karnataka Labour Forum lodged a complaint with DCP of anti-corruption bureau, alleging corruption in the management of Indira canteens. Even prior to the opening of the project, erstwhile Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was accused of being involved in a corruption in construction of the canteens.