Maharashtra Shiv Bhojan Yojana 2021 – Free Thali / Meal to Provide Food to Poor People

The soaring price of food is no news to people these days. With the pandemic in full effect and people still being out of jobs, putting food on the table can seem to be quite an ordeal. To mitigate the effects of this, the Maharashtra government is and has been providing thalis or meals to the poor, who are finding it hard to make ends meet.

The state government launched the Shiv Bhojan yojana – a scheme that offers a full meal to needy ones at only ₹5 (which was earlier given at ₹10). The Shiv scheme is respectfully named after Shivaji Maharaj – the great Maratha warrior King who is known to have essentially worked for the welfare of the poor.

Need for the scheme

People have had no stable jobs since the pandemic came knocking on the doors of India. Without a constant influx of money, people find it difficult to keep a roof over their heads and electricity coursing through their devices. In such a scenario, rationing and buying food items may seem to be quite a task, considering how expensive everything in the market lately appears to be.

To offer a sigh of relief to the people of Maharashtra, the state government intends to offer hand-cooked meal plates worth ₹5 to people so that being without a full stomach is not a worry on people’s minds, while they try to stave away the ills of the coronavirus.

The government intends to in fact goes beyond the extra mile and offer 3 kilograms wheat and 2 kilograms rice to roughly about 7 crore beneficiaries so as to offer them food security in these trying times. There are also subsidies offered on foodgrains procured through ration card and on LPG cylinders.

About the ₹5 meal in the Shiv Bhojan Yojana

The thali service offered by the Maharashtra government will be offered by Thackeray Anna-rath – a Canteen scheme that is implemented by the state government.

The Shiv Bhojan Yojana has been running successfully for a year now and the meal plate is a part of the MVA government’s official Common Minimum Programme (CMP). Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, the thali was offered at ₹10, the price of which has now been slashed to ₹5 to make it more affordable to the people who seem to be in need of availing of this scheme.

The Menu options for the Shiv Bhojan Yojana

The meal which is known as the Shiv Thali essentially includes the following items:

  • 2 chapatis
  • A vegetable dish
  • A portion of rice
  • A portion of dal or curry

The menu of the thali is refreshed every day with new varieties of vegetable dishes are offered. The implementation of the Shiv Thali does not discriminate among those who wish to benefit from it on the basis of caste, color, or religion. Such a scheme is now being implemented across several parts of the country like in Delhi, Jharkhand, Odisha, and even Madhya Pradesh.

Similar Yojanas

Schemes launched by the state government

The state governments of India are the next important government bodies right after the central government of the country. The state governments constitute 28 states and 8 union territories

India is a democratic and republic country wherein highest authorities and powers are proffered to the central government. For the state government, real executive powers are given to Chief Minister as he is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers. The state governments of India work toward internal security, such as police department, social welfare, public health betterment and other similar state-related issues. The state government of the country earns its employee income from sales tax services, stamp duty services, and from some parts of GST.

The state governments have launched a variety of schemes so far. Some of the examples are as follows:

In Andhra Pradesh, Chandranna Bima Yojana, National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Program, and Smart Pulse Survey have been launched. In Assam, Mass Rapid Transit System has been recently launched. In Maharashtra, Police Pratisaad Ask services and various schemes for the betterment of farmers have been launched. In Karnataka, PM Santwana Harish Yojana, and Housing scheme for Transgenders have been launched. In Uttar Pradesh, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, Hausla Paushan scheme, and Swadhar Greh yojana have been launched.

The state government of India monitors both rural and urban development. However, it is not feasible for the state government to monitor all rural and urban local government bodies. Thus, based on the provided funding and coverage, rural and urban local entities create development plan whenever required. These government entities work in close association with planning commission and local or regional government sectors and authorities.

Apart from these schemes, the state government also ensures the effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in respective states.