Setting the pace Sogarwal: Photo: Rajesh Rai
Gaurav Singh Sogarwal’s primary objective has been to ensure the supply of essential items to the people. His administration created the ‘onlinefoodz.com’ portal with the help of two local youths for door-to-door delivery. Around 20 delivery executives were roped in.
The Gorakhpur tehsil linked all foodgrains and agricultural produce with the portal. It received over 1,000 orders the very first day. Soon, more people approached the administration to participate in its efforts to streamline supplies and the number of such portals increased to nine.
Sogarwal defined an eight-point charter for the portals, which included that every order be delivered without fail. Only 14 essential items were identified for supplies. The norms ensured that there were no reports of black-marketeering or overpricing. The project’s success is marked by the over 200,000 orders placed in the first phase of the lockdown.