Budget canteens, known as Amma Unavagams, which provides 'idli', sambar rice and curd rice at subsidised rates, will be extended to nine Municipal Corporations in Tamil Nadu. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the Assembly that her government has also decided to include pongal, variety rice and chappathi in the menu of the budget canteens in Chennai.
At present budget restaurants are functioning in Chennai's 200 wards. Idli is sold for Re 1 and sambar and curd rice are sold for Rs. 3. Now similar budget restaurants will come up in Madurai, Tiruchi, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Salem, Tirupur, Tuticorin, Vellore and Erode. Every Municipal Corporation will have 10 restaurants each. These will be inaugurated by the month-end. The price will remain the same as it is in Chennai.
The Chief Minister said following requests for including pongal and variety rice in the menu of the budget canteens in Chennai, the government will serve pongal and sambar in the morning and tamarind rice or curry leaf rice for lunch, for Rs. 5.
The restaurants in Chennai will provide two chappathis and dhall or kurma for Rs. 3 in the evening from September.