from financial express
SODEXO WANTS TO TAKE FOOD COUPONS TO THE POOR
Shubham Batra, Mumbai
The Financial Express
Sodexo, known best for its meal vouchers in India, could soon make an entry into the neighhourhood fair price shop. The French giant, in consortium with Tata Consultancy Services and Vakarangee Software, has bid for a Madhya Pradesh government tender to supply food coupons under the PDS to 1.4 crore families.
The project is part of a central government initiative to facilitate the supply of subsidised food grains to the poor. The bids were submitted on February 17 this year, and are due to be opened in May. Accor, Sodexo’s competitor in the food voucher business in India, is also bidding for the same project, in consortium with HCL Technologies. The successful bidder will have to provide infrastructure and services to as many as 70 lakh below poverty line families and a similar number of people above the poverty line in the state.