BHUBANESWAR: Minister for Health and Family Welfare Pradip Kumar Amat on Wednesday inaugurated a state-of-the-art system for online registration and licensing of food business operators.
Amat said the online Food Licensing and Registration system (FLRS) enables food business operators (FBOs) to apply for licence/registration by paying appropriate fees, uploading supporting documents, track the status of their applications, schedule inspections and receive alerts on status and renewals.
This will not only make the process easy and simpler for the FBOs but also provide a better platform for monitoring, increasing work efficiency of food safety officers and bringing transparency in the system, he said.
In Odisha, 19,162 FBOs have been registered and 10,973 licences issued from 2012-13 to 2015-16 under manual process of registration and licensing.
In order to facilitate registration and licensing, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has created a centralised online system for licence/registration of FBO to be used across the country with the assistance of National Institute for Smart Government (NISG), Hyderabad.
All food safety officers in Odisha have been trained in FLRS and provided with computer system and Internet facility to start the online registration and licensing of FBOs.
The FBOs can avail the services for licensing/registration by logging on to the website www.foodlicensing.fssai.gov.in. Alternatively, they can access www.fssai.gov.in and log on to FLRS link provided in the site.The Minister said this initiative would encourage the operators to obtain food licence and registration in digital manner and bring more FBOs under the fold of food safety set up. Among others, Health Secretary Pramod Kumar Meherda and Food Safety Commissioner RP Singh were present.