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Annapurna Akshaypatra - 3,000 packets daily amid high demand

Chandigarh, April 15 In a little less than three-and-a-half months since its launch, the Annapurna Akshaypatra, a project initiated by the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), Chandigarh, to provide food for all at reasonable rates (Rs 10 per packet), is now serving nutritious and hygienic lunch and dinner meals to 3,000 people daily at 12 locations across the city. The number of food packets distributed in the city will soon be increased to 5,000 and new additions to the menu are also on the cards. At present, lunch is being provided to patients and their attendants at the PGI and the GMSH-16. Officials of the IRCS said looking at the heavy demand and great response to the scheme, lunch would soon be provided at all locations. The scheme was launched on January 2 with 665 packets being sold at five locations at a rate of Rs 10 per dinner meal. On completion of two months of the scheme on March 2, the number of food packets was increased to 2,000. Significantly, the scheme, a brainchild o…