After winning legislative elections in the three states Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh on the promise of loan waiver, the Congress party now eyes for a great performance in the states in the upcoming general elections that are now at a knocking distance. In the latest, the grand old party is planning to come up with Indira Gandhi Canteen Scheme.
In Tamil Nadu the late Chief Minister Jayalalitha had successfully implemented a statewide scheme called Amma canteen(Amma Unavagam) in which municipal corporations of the state, run canteens serving subsidised food at a very low price. The dishes in these canteens are offered at extremely affordable prices, idli at Rs 1, plate of Curry leaves rice at Rs 5 etc. Following the success of the Amma canteen, The Bhartiya Janata Party had came up with similar schemes in various states where it was in power. In Madhya Pradesh, it ran with the name of DeenDayal Upadhyay Rasoi Scheme in which food was served at Rs 5. The scheme did not recieve as much success as its Tamil Nadu counterpart.
In 2017, Karnataka began its Indira Gandhi Canteen Scheme with the Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi launching it. In the southern state with Congress-JDU led government food is served at a price of Rs 5(breakfast) and Rs 10(Lunch and Dinner rates). Congress is now planning to implement the model in Madhya Pradesh also.
In the run-up to the elections of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the Congress President Rahul Gandhi had said that he would change the Chief Minister if they don’t waive off farmer loans in ten days after the coming the results.
Following the election results in the 3 states where Congress turned out to be the single largest party, governments of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh had waived off farmer loans.