Bengaluru: The BBMP has decided to carry out regular inspections at Indira Canteens to ensure that hygiene and quality of food is maintained. Officials from respective zones will carry out surprise checks once in two to three weeks, Palike sources said.
After recent complaints of deteriorating food quality, Deputy Chief Minister Dr G. Parameshwar visited a few Indira Canteens and sent food samples for testing. He warned that if the food was found to be 'not suitable' for consumption, strict action would be taken against contractors.
A senior BBMP officer said, “A couple of days ago, a meeting was held which discussed how officials from every zone will carry out surprise checks at these canteens. They will check the quality of food and cleanliness of utensils used to cook and serve. They will also check the cleanliness of the premises and surroundings. Officials have to submit a detailed report to joint commissioners and feedback will be given to the workers at the canteen and the contractors. If the condition is poor, contractors will be replaced immediately.”
He said that surprise checks will instil a sense of fear among canteen workers and contractors. “We are still discussing ways to implement it. The BBMP commissioner and Mayor still have to give us the green signal. Once implemented, we will ensure that checks are carried out regularly,” he said.
Another officer said that Indira Canteens need proper monitoring. “Now, there is no one to monitor them properly and contractors have their say. We need to bring in a stricter system and start removing contractors if they are not providing quality food. Then, everything else will fall in place.”
He said, “The decision on regular checks will be taken only after the elections. Until then, we cannot decide on anything."
Asked about the quality of food, a contractor told Deccan Chronicle, “I would not like to comment on it.”...