Berhampur, Oct 29 (LocalWire): The Aahar centre, located at lower bus stand, Chhatrapur, the district headquarter town of Ganjam district, has received ISO certification for quality management system.
The certificate stated that Aahar Kendra of Banki has been found in compliance with requirements of Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015 for the following scope: Provide Meal to Needy People under the Flagship Program ‘Food for all’.
The ISO certificate was issued from 25 October and will be valid for three years.
It will expire on 24 October 2022. The Aahar center is managed by the NAC, Chhatrapur.
The subsidized meals at Rs 5 was provided through this centre to around 500 people every day, except for government holidays, at noon, said executive officer, NAC Chhatrapur, Girija Shankar Mallick.
He said the standard and maintenance of Aahar centre was at par with world class standards.
The ISO certification of the Aahar centre assumed significance as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked his Cabinet colleagues and officers to visit it and taste the quality of the subsidized food.
Senior bureaucrats, including chief secretary AK Tripathy and 5T secretary VK Pandian had taken lunch at the Aahar centre at Boudh during their visit, while former Union minister and MP (Berhampur) Chandra Sekhar Shau and MLA (Berhampur) Bikram Panda had taken their noon meal at an Aahar centre at Berhampur to test the food quality.
The department of housing and urban development manages 158 Aahar centres across the state.
Earlier, the Aahar centre at Banki in Cuttack district had received the ISO certification for maintaining quality and standard. ‘Maintaining the quality and standard of all 158 Aahar centres across the state has been a priority of the department’ said a senior officer of the department.