NGO Akshaya Patra gets digitised by Cisco

By PTI Published on Oct 12, 2017 10:34 AM IST

Bengaluru: City-based not-for-profit organisation Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) that feeds 1.49 million people every day nationwide, has embarked on another ambitious project of digitising seven of 33 kitchens in association with Cisco.

Two kitchens in Bengaluru and one each in Lucknow, Vrindavan, Ballari, Guwahati and Jigani near Bengaluru will be connected to Bengaluru and Gurugram digitally.

Announcing the agreement between APF and Cisco, the company senior vice-president (IT) and chief information officer V C Gopalratnam said the initiative would put in place a strong foundation for robust networking platform to provide real-time data analysis to the headquarters.

Shridhar Venkat, chief executive officer of APF, told reporters that the foundation has 33 kitchens in 12  States. By the end of the year, the digitisation would start and based on the success, other kitchens would be digitised.

"Currently, our data analysis happens through ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning). Rest happens on paper and pencil. So digitisation is really going to help us in analysing and optimising it," said Venkat.

He said 750 vehicles supply meals every day to 1.49 million people. Each kitchen of 1,00,000 capacity handles about 10 tonnes of grains, five tonnes of pulses and five tones of vegetables. Each kitchen has about 250 to 300 people.

Last year, Cisco had provided 750 volunteers, he said.

Speaking about APF's objectives and plans, Venkat said the foundation intends to increase its production three-fold in view of huge malnourished population in India. "Our focus has been to ensure that no child in India is deprived of education because of hunger."

"We reach 1.6 million (people every day). We want to reach five million by 2020. We are looking for trusted partners like Cisco to help us achieve our goal," said Venkat.