Central food safety regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has shut down its sub-regional offices at Chandigarh and Lucknow. FSSAI believes that they were not contributing much as the licensing work is now being done online.
“These (sub-regional offices) were aberration. Most of the licensing work is done online. On careful analysis, it was found that these two sub-regional offices were not contributing much,” (FSSAI) CEO Pawan Agarwal told PTI.
The orders for the closure of these two sub-regional offices have been issued. However, the five regional offices, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Cochin and Guwahati, will continue to function, he said. The head office is in Delhi.
Meanwhile, as part of Digital India programme, FSSAI is focusing on providing quick, transparent and efficient services through online platform.
Recently, the regulator had launched a mobile app through which consumers can raise their concerns related to quality of packaged food and the food served in ready-to-eat outlets.