NASHIK : Claiming that the central kitchen scheme of the state government for mid-day meals in schools was aimed at helping the capitalists, Nandu Aher of the women's self-help group (SHG) Mahila Bachatgat Sanghatana demanded that the idea be scrapped in the interest of poor women who earned their daily bread through the scheme for the last ten years.
Representatives of SHGs active in Nashik tehsil (both rural and urban) held a day-long dharna in front of the collectorate demanding scrapping of the central kitchen scheme. "The state government, after successful implementation of mid-day meal scheme through SHG's, has now created space for capitalists.
It was evident from the tender floated and the terms and conditions, which demanded 1,500 sq feet of land and Rs 10 lakh as deposit. This will render jobless nearly 5,000 women in Nashik city alone as the central kitchen system is meant for urban areas. We have demanded that the scheme should be scrapped," Aher said.
Presenting the memorandum to collector P Velrasu, the women said they were shocked when NCP leader Supriya Sule asked them to look for other avenues when they raised the issue.