The Annapurna meals programme of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in coordination with Hare Krishna Charitable Trust is reaching out to those who have gone in for home quarantine by serving them free food.

Since April 9, more than 15 lakh meals were provided to persons in home quarantine after receiving requests by the GHMC’s control room. Before lockdown, about 35,000 meals at Rs 5 per meal used to be provided during lunch only.

Since lockdown as many as 1,30,8,162 free meals i.e., 83,25,624 meals at lunch and 47,42,538 at dinner were provided by the GHMC. As most of the economic activities came to a standstill after the lockdown, and many regular and daily wage earners and small vendors were worst affected, finding food became difficult to them. During these difficult times, as per directions of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, more Annapurna centres were opened and food was offered free of cost.

Following instructions from Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao, Mayor Bonthu Rammohan held discussions with the Akshyapatra Foundation of Hare Rama Hare Krishna and convinced them to provide more quantity of food, a press release from GHMC said.

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