The Narendra Modi-led campaign Skill India has launched a “Food Safety and Sanitisation” programme that will help the hoteliers and restaurateurs to adapt to the new norms of food handling in this ongoing pandemic situation.

Launched in 2015 by Prime Minister Modi, Skill India or the National Skills Development Mission of India aims to train over 40 crore people in the country in different skills by 2022.

The new food safety and sanitisation programme comprises six extensive modules and assessments.

Under this course, members from the hospitality and F&B industry can gain in-depth knowledge regarding measures of food and safety hygiene; education on the art and science of food; the cause, prevention and spread of Covid-19 and the importance of personal hygiene in food production.

A module wise assessment results in certification, issued by the Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council.

Rajan Bahadur, chief executive officer, Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council (THSC) said, “THSC, as an industry body under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is well-aligned to hand-hold and guide our workforce to embrace the new normal in these unprecedented times.

“The launch of this app is one of many significant steps in the direction of combating the situation and restrictions owing to the pandemic and creating better awareness and preparedness to overcome health and safety concerns across our sector.

“The need of the hour is to inculcate and restore the trust, comfort and confidence of our guest to continue to use our facilities, and the best possible way to do this is through skilling our people right.”

Steps to take the course:

  • Type “Linq Skills” in Google Play Store and download the app.
  • Register with your email id and ten-digit mobile number.
  • Take the course under the hospitality section.
  • Complete the course and online certificate will be generated.

Hilton’s Conrad Bengaluru is the ‘exclusive knowledge partner’ to Skill India for this project.

Srijan Vadhera, general manager, Conrad Bengaluru and chairman, Tourism, Hospitality and Facility Expert Committee (Karnataka), Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC), said, “More than ever before, we need to understand the responsibility we carry when we serve millions of guests at our restaurants and hotels.

“At Conrad Bengaluru, we have a dedicated hygiene manager who ensures compliance, as the impact of mishandling procured items can be immense.

“It is my submission to industry colleagues to ensure that their teams are aware and comply with heightened safety and sanitisation standards.”,