The BBMP Commissioner Manjunatha Prasad has set up a separate cell called Indira Canteen Cell for effective implementation and maintenance of the canteen established by the government to cater to the poor. “A separate Indira Canteen Cell has been set up to improve the cleanliness and quality of the canteen. Retired junior army officers will be appointed to supervise the canteens. This will reduce the burden on BBMP officials” he said, reported Kannada Prabha.
To take charge of the 27 kitchens that are being set up, 27 retired junior army officers will be appointed as one officer per kitchen. This will enable close monitoring of quality and efficient service. This will also ease the BBMP officials who were burdened with additional work of Indira Canteens, the commissioner said.
The civil works for canteen in 101 wards are complete. In the rest 97 wards, BBMP officials have made adequate preparations for construction. Attending to Indira Canteen work has hindered the routine work of the BBMP officials. Hence a separate cell has been established said Manjunath.
The Joint Commissioner (Finance) at the Central office will be the chairman of the Cell. Joint Commissioner (Finance) will also attend to the public grievances with regard to food that will be distributed from the kitchens and at the canteens. He will appoint one retired army officer per kitchen, who will inspect the food and also procure information from the nodal officer and convey to the central office. Once a month a meeting will be held with all officials and take action with regard to quantity and quality of food and service, the commissioner stated.
To supervise the junior army officer a chief will be appointed. The junior army officer will get a salary of Rs 40,000 plus Rs 4500 transport allowance and Rs 475 for uniform will be fixed. The chief officer will get Rs 90,000 plus Rs 9375 for travel allowance and Rs 475 for uniform will be fixed.