oppn parties Is Unsubsidized, Low-Cost Meal Business Sustainable?

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  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
  • Pakistan opens its airspace for Indian planes
  • Dilapidated building collapses in Mumbai, killing more than 10 people while many were still trapped
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict to be delivered today by the ICJ
  • A Vistara flight landed in Lucknow with just 5 to 10 minutes of fuel left in the tank
  • Supreme Court to decide on Karnataka MLAs plea today
  • Karnataka alliance to face floor test on Thursday
  • China says that the next Dalai Lama will be appointed by it
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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Is Unsubsidized, Low-Cost Meal Business Sustainable?

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Sunil Garodia By our team of in-house writers.
Kolkata is known to be a pocket-friendly city when it comes to food. But what one saw opposite RK Mission Sishu Mangal hospital on Sarat Bose Road a few weeks back was truly amazing. A vendor was selling a full meal comprising rice, dal and sabzi at just Rs 6 – yes, you read it right, just Rs 6. In a brightly-painted pushcart, he had three containers full of his wares. One helper was spooning out the three items one by one and placing them on plates. There was a steady stream of people asking for the food. The vendor is publicity shy and was averse to disclosing his name or how he managed to make profits selling at such a low price. But he made the point that his stall was not part of any government scheme and was not subsidized by anyone. It was his own venture and yes, he paid salaries to his staff and made enough profits to call his venture a success.

We asked one of the students who was having his lunch there about the quality of the food. He was categorical in saying that the food quality was excellent given the rate. As for the portions, he was of the opinion that if one had low appetite, one helping was filling enough but if one ate more, two helpings were more than enough to satisfy the hunger of almost anyone. We asked others and most were of the same opinion.

There are other low-cost meals served in various cities. There are Amma Canteens in Tamil Nadu which serve a amma-canteen4_759_pongal-and-idlis-for-breakfast-sambar-rice-and-curd-rice-for-lunch-and-chapatis-and-dal-for-dinner-at-pocket-friendly-prices-source_-rakesh-reddygovernment-subsidized meal at Rs 6 to Rs 10.

Bengaluru has the copycat Indira Canteens 12BGINDIRACANTEEN that serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at subsidized rates.

There is an eatery owner in Mangalore 03mn_mnrav_meal+07MN_FOOD.jpgwho serves full lunch at Rs 10, while there is a rapidly expanding startup in Gurugram branded as Janta Meals 8-400x200that serves wholesome ghar ka khana at Rs 20 to Rs 30. But this Kolkata vendor making profits after filling stomachs at just Rs 6, without any government subsidy or corporate backing, is a revelation. He has proved that low-cost nutrition can be made available to the people by socially-conscious entrepreneurs.