Mumbai, May 30, 2017: The Hotel industry which is one of India’s largest employment generators will now extend its contribution to uplifting the socio-economic conditions of women from the weaker section of the country. Trikaal Inc, a leading hospitality company, has donated two food trucks worth Rs.12 lakhs for this cause. It will also provide for overheads and raw materials to cross subsidize such operations till the women become self-reliant.
Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI), the apex body of hoteliers and restauranteurs, meanwhile, will train a section of women belonging to the Dalit class as Bachat Gat chefs through many of its 5-star member hotels. The women thus trained will then execute their business of serving meals through two food trucks donated by Trikaal Inc. Initiated and conducted by the Weaker Section Development Mission, the meals will be priced as low as Rs.10/- and will meet the dual objective of empowering Weaker Section Women and providing tasty meals at affordable prices for the poorer section of the society.
Various hotel and restaurant owners including Mr Vivek Nair, CMD, Hotel Leela; Mr S P Jain, MD, Pride Hotels; Mr Dinesh Advani, MD, Shalimar Hotel; Mr Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, Joint MD, Pritam Group of Hotels; Mr Dilip Datwani, Datwani Hotels; Mr Jimmy Shaw, Owner, Waterfront Lavassa; Mr Bharat Malkani, CMD, Hotel Transit & T24 Residency; and, Mr Kamlesh Barot, Director, Vie Hospitality among others lent support to the initiative.
“Inflation, taxes and overheads are increasingly taking food beyond the reach of common man. Mumbai is filled with residents whose monthly pay is less than Rs.9000/- or Rs.300/- a day. Think of the average pay of your domestic help or watchman or driver. The cost of an average meal is beyond their scope. Hence we have decided to support the scheme so that our fellow residents will get at least one square meal a day that not only is delicious but also nutritious and within their means,” says Mr Bharat Malkani, past President, HRAWI.
“My motivation to support this cause comes from the Prime Minister’s ‘Man ki baat’ where he encourages us to work for the Dalit, Peedith Shoshit and Vanchit. Dalits are one of the most marginalized communities in India. Dalit women are more so. Without access to education and jobs, self-sustenance is difficult for them. Unless we come together and take conscious efforts to empower them, they will never get a fair chance in life. I also observed that there are several women who are looking to start something of their own, but don’t have the resources. So I decided to become a part of the project and provide resources for the Dalit women to financially secure themselves,” says Ms Renu Jain, Chairperson, Trikaal Inc.
The skilling programme will include sessions on food preparations and will also educate women about procurement of basic foodstuff, nutritional value of food, preservation and hygiene.
“We being part of the hospitality industry have always been in the forefront for livelihood generation for people and have improved their livelihood by imparting required skills. The programme is only an extension of our services for Dalit community and we feel glad to be part of this social initiative that emphasizes on the development of weaker section of society,” concludes Mr Dilip Datwani, President, HRAWI.
The event was inaugurated by Shri Ramdas Athawale, Hon Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment and is supported by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
Corporate Comm India(CCI Newswire)