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The COVID-proof restaurant course includes multi-lingual, easy, and short video lessons showing the guidelines for all departments. Pixabay

NRAI has launched a comprehensive set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and safety guidelines for restaurants to follow in the post-pandemic era.

Amongst the challenges that the restaurant industry foresees in building procedures and earning consumer confidence are issues concerning social distancing, reducing touch points, receiving and handling of goods, and general health sanctity of the employees. The SOPs cover these issues and seeks to provide consumers with a feeling of safety in the restaurants rather than instilling a sense of panic.

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It also covers available safety guidelines issued thus far by bodies such as WHO, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and FSSAI. These guidelines cover detailed steps of operations and guidelines for the front of the house and back of the house. Statutory compliances have also been well-defined in the guidelines. It focuses on the new operating procedures for all possible departments of restaurants in all the formats.

For training of employees for implementation of the guidelines, NRAI has partnered with Releski, e-learning platform, to create some easy to understand and implement training modules, available at a very nominal price to its members.

Issues concerning social distancing, reducing touch points, receiving and handling of goods, and general health sanctity of the employees are answered by these guidelines. Pixabay

The COVID-proof restaurant course includes multi-lingual, easy, and short video lessons showing the guidelines for all departments and every single role depicting the SOP mentioned in these guidelines.

Speaking on this subject, Anurag Katriar, President of NRAI; CEO & Executive Director of deGustibus Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. Said: “Our endeavor is to ensure that our restaurant members surface back quickly and this is only possible if we are able to win back the consumer confidence in a quick time. This SOP, combined with visual training aids, is an important tool in achieving this objective. I am really happy to partner with Releski as our Learning & Training Partner. Pravesh Pandey, Founder of Releski, who is also a successful Restaurateur himself, understands the practical challenges of running a Restaurant as well as their practical solution. I am sure these guidelines will prove to be an important milestone in the journey of making the Restaurant Business COVID-Proof.”

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Pravesh Pandey, Founder of Releski, Director – Partner of Byg Brewski Brewing Co.; NRAI Member said: “After spending 20 years in the Restaurant Industry, I realized that the need of the hour is a skilled landscape in the Restaurant Industry, as with more than 7.3 million employees and growing, the industry is purely dependent on its people. 65 percent of the Industry is unorganized, my intent is to help them get organized through Training support.” (IANS)


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Delhi to get new QR-based driving livenses and registration certificates.

In a step towards digitisation of the system, Delhi Transport Department will soon issue QR based Smart cards for driving licenses (DLs) and registration certificates (RCs).

As per a statement, the new driving licence will have an advanced microchip with features like Quick Response (QR) code and Near Field Communication (NFC). The new RC will have the owner's name printed on the front while the microchip and the QR code would be embedded at the back of the card.

The cards earlier had embedded chips, but chip reader machines were not available in the required quantity with both the Delhi Traffic Police and the Enforcement Wing of the Transport Department. Moreover, chips were designed and implemented by the states concerned, which resulted in difficulties in reading the chip and retrieving information, especially in case of defaulters.

"Now with the QR based smart card, this issue is resolved. This will enable unification in linking and validating one's information to smart cards with Sarathi and Vahan, the two web-based databases of all driving licenses and vehicle registrations," the release added.

The QR is also being implemented nationwide, the QR code reader is easily procurable and will do away with the requirement of any manual intervention altogether. The new cards will also allow two specific materials for their card manufacturing -- PolyVinyl Chloride or PVC, or PolyCarbonate which is slightly more expensive but more durable. (Card Size - 85.6mm x 54.02 mm; Thickness minimum 0.7 mm)

An October 2018 notification of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had made changes to the Driving License and Registration Certificate. The new Smart card based DL and RC, will have chip based/ QR code based recognition system. At the same time, documents such as driving license or registration certificates in electronic formats on DigiLockers and mParivahan were also made valid in place of physical documents and treated at par with original documents.

The QR code also has an added advantage of acting as a safety feature on the smart card. The department will be able to retain records and penalties of the DL holder for up to 10 years on the VAHAN database as soon as a driver/ owner's Smart card is confiscated. The new DLs will also help the government in maintaining records of differently-abled drivers, any modifications made to the vehicles, emission standards and the person's declaration to donate organs. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, Driving License, Registration License, Digitisation.


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