Monday, May 28, 2007


ANGTOK, May 27: Two popular eateries located at MG Marg here today had to down their shutters after Government officials carried out a raid in their premises.

Officials from the Department of Food and Civil Supplies accompanied by the District Collector (East), Vishal Chauhan, inspected the two establishments-Quick Bite Fast Food and Rasoi Restaurant, above Tourist Information Center today afternoon following several complaints lodged by their customers.

The surprise raids were the outcome of many complaints received by the DC’s Office over the use of domestic LPG cylinders by these two eateries, against standard norms for commercial establishments. Along with this, the DC’s Office had also been receiving complaints of unhygienic conditions of these two eateries located in the heart of the Capital. Several customers had made complaints over the lack of hygiene in the kitchens of the two restaurants.

Talking to SIKKIM EXPRESS, the DC said that acting on these complaints, the raids had been carried out. During the raids, it was found that the kitchens of both the outlets were in a very unhygienic condition. The eateries were directed to shut down immediately by the inspection group and sealed for further investigations under CrPC 133(1) D.

The raid also led to a recovery of five domestic cylinders from Quiz Bite premises. General Manager of STCS, Menla Ethenpa told SIKKIM EXPRESS that as per the norms of Indian Oil Corporation, no commercial establishments like hotels or restaurants are authorized to use domestic LPG cylinders. Cylinders for domestic use come with a special subsidy from the Government of India. 19 kg commercialized cylinders cost Rs 900 whereas a domestic cylinder weighing 14 kg comes for Rs 300.

A case has also been registered against the two establishments at Sadar Police Station under 7 of Essential Commodities Act, 1957.

The DC said that a detailed report of both cases would be prepared by the Prevention of Food Adulteration Cell under Food and Civil Supply Department and only after that further action will be initiated.