Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister, visits Rourkela kitchen
On 2nd February, 2015, the Rourkela kitchen was visited by Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Steel, Mines, Labour and Employment, and other dignitaries. They were greeted by Pancharatna Dasa, Vice President of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Odisha.
On completing his tour of the kitchen Mr Tomar expressed his pleasure over Akshaya Patra's mid-day meal programme by leaving a written testimonial saying, "The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an honorable 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 were C S Verma, Chairman, SAIL; K K Mohanty, Director (Technical), SAIL; T Suresh, Director (Projects), SAIL; G S Prasad, CEO, RSP; and P K Pradhan, General Manager (I/C), P&A, RSP.
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On June 7, 2017, Akshaya Patra opened a new centralised kitchen in Bhavnagar – fifth largest city in the state of Gujarat
Around 25 enthusiastic young volunteers participated in a cleanliness drive organised by AIKYA, in pursuance of its mission to enhance the quality of school education, promote a culture of ‘Cleanliness and Hygiene’ in schools served by The Akshaya