A new announcement has been made to benefit the poor and workers affected by the curfew.
A two-week curfew has been imposed in Karnataka to curb the rising corona virus. Meanwhile, the state government has asked migrant workers not to return to their hometowns. The Government of Karnataka has announced that free meals will be provided at Indira Canteens for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It can benefit the poor, the common people, the mercenaries, and the migrant workers. Food will be provided free of charge until May 24, when the curfew is implemented. The state government has stepped up arrangements for this. In particular, the Government of Karnataka has released Rs. 300 crore as a Natural Disaster Fund to the Corporation of Bangalore.
Bangalore Corporation Commissioner Gaurav Gupta has been instructed to use Rs 25 crore for the free food scheme. When Chidramaiah was the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Indira canteens came into use to provide food at very low prices. But the Eduyurappa-led BJP regime was under-emphasized.
Indira canteens, which had been closed for several months due to the Corona crisis, are now being revived. The state of Karnataka employs a large number of migrant workers in the construction and infrastructure sectors. A full curfew was imposed across the country during the first wave of corona last year.
Workers then left for their hometowns on foot due to a lack of public transportation. It was alleged that no relief was provided to the unemployed workers who lost their jobs.