On #WorldFoodDay2020, #WestBengal's Three Distinct Schemes:

1. 'Didir Rannaghar (Mamata's Kitchen):

a. In a kind gesture, WB CM @MamataOfficial is offering meals at just Rs. 5 to all migrant workers from 11 am to 3 pm with a new menu every day. (1/4)
b. What else is included in 'Didir Rannaghar'?

- New clothes are also donated to the poor keeping the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja in mind.

- As per the guideline, hygiene and Social distancing are maintained with special attention. (2/4)
2. Khadya Sathi scheme:

Incepted on January 27, 2016, this scheme aimed to provide 90% of the state population with rice & wheat at Rs. 2/kg. According to the latest report, the state has ensured food security of 90% of people across the state. (3/4)
3. Free food to the beneficiaries under the PDS system until June 2021 keeping ongoing pandemic in mind. (4/4)

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