Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta inspects Indira Canteen, vaccination centre

Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta inspects Indira Canteen, vaccination centre

Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta inspects Indira Canteen, vaccination centre


Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta visited Dasappa Hospital near Town Hall in BBMP Limits and reviewed the ongoing vaccination programme. He also visited Indira Kitchens at Chickpet Ward and Dharmarayaswamy Ward to review the free distribution of food packets to the poor, migrants and labourers and inspect the food quality and process followed along with officials concerned. 

The chief commissioner informed that about 40,000 vaccines are available at Dasappa Hospital vaccine storage centre and Primary Health Centre.

Speaking to media persons after the inspection, he said that as there is a shortage of vaccine, vaccination is being done on priority to those in need. Priority is given to those who need to get the second dose and to those above 45 years of age. Those between 18 and 45 will be provided with the vaccine once there is an adequate supply of vaccine, he said.  

Stating that there is an adequate vaccine storage facility in the city, he said due to low supply, the vaccine is distributed according to the supply. He said all citizens must pre-register on the CoWin portal and visit the vaccine centres only after the schedule is fixed. This will prevent a large number of gathering at the vaccination centres. In addition, as there is a vaccine shortage in a few vaccine centres at private hospitals, vaccination drive is being carried out in only some hospitals. The state needs 3 crore vaccines and the demand for the same has been submitted according to the city’s population, he explained. 

There is no shortage of testing kits and laboratories in the city, the Chief Commissioner said he has issued a directive that people with symptoms, and their primary contacts, and others who have come in close contact with them ha positive must be tested immediately. 

*Indira Canteen kitchen inspection* 

Starting 12 May until May 24, the end of lockdown, Indira Canteens in BBMP Limits are serving free food 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for poor people, migrants and labourers. To review the food quality and the process followed, Gaurav Gupta visited Indira Canteen kitchen at Dharmarayaswamy Ward. He instructed the staff to maintain the food quality and follow Covid protocols and keep the kitchen and canteen clean. 

He spoke to the media persons and said that the food packets will be distributed freely until the end of lockdown. There are 15 Indira Canteen kitchens in the city. The food prepared in these kitchens will be taken to the Indira Canteens and served to the beneficiaries. He said the BBMP aims to distribute three lakh packets per day (one lakh each during each mealtime). The food is distributed for free to ease the hunger of the poor people, he said. 

He also visited Indira Canteen in Chikpet ward and inspected the kitchen and the food quality on the occasion. 

Joint Commissioner (Finance) Venkatesh, Chief Health Officer Dr. Vijendra and other officials were present.