Pinarayi Vijayan led communist government in Kerala announced an ambitious scheme to open community kitchens across the state, and home deliver food to those under quarantine, to prevent people going hungry during the pandemic controlled restrictions.
The CM said on Wednesday that said the community kitchens will be formed in each panchayat, where food will be prepared and home delivered to those under home quarantine and in hospitals.
“No family should starve in Kerala. Steps will be taken for the welfare of the unwell and people with serious diseases like heart issues, cancer,” CM told media.
The new move shall benefit those who could not get hold of essential supplies, CM added.
A telephone number will be given for people to reach out and ask for food.
Pinarayi Vijayan had already announced advance delivery of two-months social pensions for 54 lakh people and opening of 1000 food canteens, where meals subsidised to as low as ₹20.
“The disease might push people into starvation. This should not happen in Kerala. Some might be reluctant to directly tell people that they need food. So we will float a telephone number which they can call,” says Kerala CM.
Vijayan also said that the local self-governments will devise the details of the scheme and appoints the cooks and volunteers.
The Chief Minister also announced that nine new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the State taking the total count in Kerala to 112. Six cases were tested negative. Of the new cases, three from Ernakulam district, two each from Palakkad and Pathanamthitta districts, and one each from Idukki and Kozhikode districts. Four of these new patients had returned from Dubai, one each from the UK and France, and the remaining three got from local contacts. One of them is a taxi driver who ferried a French tourist.