In a bid to ensure that people belonging to economically weaker sections get at least one meal per month, a private individual with help of his associates on Sunday introduced a subsidized meal facility for just Rs 10 in Allahabad. The pocket-friendly meal, which will serve pure vegetarian items across Allahabad, has been named Yogi Thali. The Thali will consist of rice, pulses, a seasonal vegetable, two tandoori roti or four ‘kachaudi’, pickle, salad etc.
Dilip Kumar ‘Kakay’, who is the district president of Akhil Bharatiya Khatri Mahasabha, took the noble initiative so that no one had to sleep on an empty stomach.
"It will be a pure vegetarian thali without onion and garlic. The thali will cost us Rs 30-40. Usually, the customers get this thali for Rs 50 or more. Once we get more funds, we will serve a sweet also," Kumar said.
Launching the Yogi Thali on Sunday evening, Allahabad mayor Abhilasha Gupta said, "It is an initiative by a private individual. This facility has started from today on the name of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath".
"It is a thali for Rs 10 and I am sure disabled, poor, needy, saints etc. would be greatly benefitted from this initiative. This is a good thought where even those who cannot afford a full meal normally can get it here," Gupta added.
The meal facility has been made available at Kumar's restaurant ‘Baba Da Dhaba’ near Attarsuiya locality in Allahabad.
Kakay, who also serves as the joint secretary of Jeev Kalyan Evam Shiksha Samiti, wishes to distribute the Yogi thali at the Kumbh Mela 2019. In case government permits Kumar for the same, the Yogi Thali will be free for saints, seers and the disabled while it will charge Rs 5 for rural pilgrims and Rs 10 for others at the sacred Hindu pilgrimage in 2019.