The Government of India has constituted a Group of Food Secretaries from eight Indian states along with senior officers of the central government to deliberate on the framework of Community Kitchens Scheme. The Group of Food Secretaries will discuss ways to make the Model Community Kitchen Scheme simple, transparent and in the benefit of people, said Piyush Goyal, Union Food and Public Distribution Minister. The next meeting of the Group of Food Secretaries at the officers’ level will be held virtually on November 29 to deliberate on the framework proposal.
Speaking at the All India Food Ministers meeting in New Delhi, Piyush Goyal said that Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) is probably the world’s largest food programme undertaken during COVID-19 period. “It should be our resolve that quality food grain should reach the beneficiaries in all parts of the country,” he said, insisting that the community kitchen scheme will be of the community, run by the community and for the welfare of the community.
The Group of Food Secretaries formed to develop the community kitchen scheme includes Food Secretaries from Kerala, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Assam, Bihar, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. The Food Secretary of Madhya Pradesh will head the Group.