A city-based school of hotel management and catering has presented two pilot projects to the CRPF, to provide mounted fully mechanised mobile kitchens for the use of the force throughout India.
Ajeet Kumar Lal Mohan, Director and Head of the School, attached to VLB Janakiammal college of Arts and Science, said the projects would help CRPF reduce manpower and avoid setting up kitchens and dining areas at each barrack.
Due to centralisation, the projects would save CRPF lakhs of rupees spent on various articles like food and storage, he said, adding wastage of food could also be more effectively controlled. Administration and management would become easier.
The proposed budget per establishment would be around Rs 15 lakh and it could be implemented within three months, he said.
Referring to the vehicle mounted fully mechanised mobile kitchens, he said the objective was to provide a modernised kitchen to serve CRPF during static deployment and on the move.
"This will reduce cooking time and eliminate the manual process of cooking. The process of cooking will not be affected by reasonable fluctuations in strength, climatic conditions, time and place," he said.
At present, the food is prepared at the base and distributed as food packets in the operational areas, he said.
"The mobile kitchen can be set up in any vehicle and would cost around Rs six lakh excluding the cost of the vehicle and can be fitted within two months," he said.
Ajeet Kumar said the school would also train cooks in the CRPF in etiquette, personal hygiene, body language and methods to be followed while setting a buffet counter, he said.
Responding to the presentation, C Balasubramaniam, IGP, Southern sector, CRPF, Hyderabad, admitted that the force has neglected improving the food sector, unlike in the weapons, arms and ammunitions sectors, which has been modernised.
He assured that the proposals for modernisation of the kitchens would be forwarded to the higher authorities in CRPF for the betterment of all personnel, from jawans to officers.
To start with, he suggested that this be tried in the Rapid Action Force, which has 10 battalions, but is permanently located in one place.
"As the force has to move to some places for a day or two, during communal clashes, like being deployed in Charminar area of Hyderabad or in Coimbatore, the mobile kitchen can be tried as a pilot project in five battalions," he said.