Bengaluru: All Indira Canteens in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike limits will provide food packers (breakfast, lunch and dinner) free of charge to people from low-income groups including migrant workers, in the city. The food packers will be distributed from May 12 to May24 (till the end of the lockdown), the BBMP said.

Indira Canteens in BBMP limits will provide food packets, breakfast, lunch and dinner for poor people, migrants and labourers. Canteens outside Bengaluru will have both options -- of providing food packets and serving food -- following Covid-19 guidelines.

The benefit will come through in more than 170 canteens across district and taluk centres, and through food packet distribution in more than 150 canteens and about 30 mobile canteens functioning in Bengaluru city limits. The service commenced on Tuesday in rest of the State while it will begin on Wednesday in Bengaluru.

The announcement on canteens outside Bengaluru was made by Municipal Administration Minister N Nagaraju on Monday through a recorded video message. “With the consent of Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, the Municipal Administration Department has taken this measure to supply free food thrice a day,” Nagaraju said.

Beneficiaries do not need to produce any document to get free food thrice a day, at the 175 Indira Canteens outside Bengaluru, while within BBMP limits, they need to provide identity cards such as voter identification card, Aadhaar, driving license or identity card issued by the Labour department. Each person will be given a maximum of three packets of food, or the number of family members in the ration card, said a statement issued by BBMP.

Currently, Indira Canteen charges Rs 5 for breakfast and Rs 10 each for lunch and dinner. “This will be waived to help street vendors, workers and the poor till the lockdown is lifted,” he added.

The State government on Tuesday informed the Karnataka High Court that it has proposed to distribute dry ration to the needy and also provide free breakfast, lunch and dinner at Indira Canteens in all urban local body limits to vulnerable sections of society till May 24, 2021 (till the end of the lockdown). Advocate General Prabhuling K Navadagi made this submission before the division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar during a special sitting held on Tuesday.