Mumbai: The BMC has awarded a Rs 2 cr contract to ISKCON to supply food to Cooper Hospital as it cannot run the kitchen. Inability to tackle issues such as increase in material costs, salaries, lack of manpower and maintaining quality of food has forced the BMC to appoint a private contractor. The patient intake capacity of Cooper hospital has been increased and now it can house nearly 636 patients.
The current manpower and stock situation of Cooper hospital is insufficient to tackle this increase in number and the officials were finding it tough to provide tea, snacks and food, twice a day. Iskcon Food Relief Foundation was ready to provide the necessary requisite in the same cost. Yashwant Shetty, Manager from Iskcon Food Relief Foundation, said that, “preliminary talks are on to discuss the terms and conditions and the services will start soon”. If this happens then the staff already working in Cooper hospital will either be shifted or given some other task. Sources confirmed that even the free meals project, in which BMC run schools get free lunch, will be awarded to Iskcon Food Relief Foundation. (Staff Reporter)