The Rourkela kitchen in Odisha had a special guest recently. Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Steel, Mines, Labour and Employment accompanied by other dignitaries visited the Akshaya Patra kitchen on 2nd February 2015. They were welcomed by Pancharatna Dasa, the Vice President of Akshaya Patra - Odisha, and then taken on a tour of the kitchen.
After completing the tour where the entire Akshaya Patra operations process was explained, Mr Tomar gave a written testimonial of the work the Foundation is doing through the mid-day meal programme. He wrote, “The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an honourable project... 57,000 school children are getting benefitted out of this program which is supported by Rourkela Steel Plant. Best wishes.”
The dignitaries accompanying Mr Tomar included the Chairman of SAIL, C S Verma; Director (Technical) of SAIL, K K Mohanty; Director (Projects), T Suresh; CEO of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), G S Prasad; and General Manager (I/C), P&A, RSP, P K Pradhan.
The Rourkela kitchen was constructed due to the donation of The Steel Authority of India (SAIL) Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) who donated over Rs. 8 crore to Akshaya Patra as part of their CSR programme. The Rourkela kitchen today reaches out to Akshaya Patra beneficiaries across over 400 schools in the region.