The Delhi government on Wednesday introduced online payment system for licensing and registration of food business operators (FBOs). Besides, the Drug Control and Food Safety Department under the Health Department have also announced a training programme for street vendors in the city.
Making the process of licensing and registration simpler for FBOs, the department stated that applicants can now pay dues through credit/debit card and netbanking. “This will eliminate delay in collection of fees and simplify the process for applicants as well,” explained an official.
Food safety training
On the programme for street vendors, the government said that around 23,000 street food vendors in the city will be trained in hygiene and food safety as part of its plan to ensure clean, wholesome and unadulterated food for the public in the Capital.
As per the plan, street food vendors will be given training on techniques on food storage and handling, and maintaining hygiene by the Drug Control and Food Safety Department, a senior government official said.
“The trained vendors will be issued certificates and skill cards. In the first phase, 18,000 vendors will undergo training and education on how to ensure hygiene in their food items while serving them to people,” he added. Vendors would be issued certificates on the basis of their performance after undergoing a test.
Meanwhile, the Drugs Control Department has cancelled the licence of 14 medical stores situated in Mahinder Park, Chaukhandi and Chand Nagar to curb the sale of habit-forming drugs in the Capital. The Department busted an unlicensed godown with large stocks of Buprenorphine, a habit-forming drug.It further stated that it is coordinating with the Narcotics Control Bureau, UNODC, Delhi State AIDS Control Society and Delhi Police to curb misuse of drugs.