To facilitate the growth of cloud kitchen businesses in the nation’s capital and to further improve job opportunities, the Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) Delhi, the policy think tank of the Government of Delhi, in collaboration with the Ministry of Industries, will brainstorm with cloud kitchen operators on Tuesday and come up with a Delhi cloud kitchen policy.
The move is part of the government’s ambitious plan to create two million jobs over the next five years, as outlined in the 2022-23 annual budget. The government plans to create 30,000 jobs by making cloud kitchens easier to get started with and reducing the burden of regulatory compliance.
“The number of cloud kitchens in Delhi is growing at a rate of over 20% every year. There are more than 20,000 cloud kitchens currently active in the city, and they provide direct employment to about 200,000 people and jobs indirect to at least 50,000 people,” the Delhi government said in a statement.
Tuesday’s meeting will deliberate on providing land and other incentives for cloud kitchens, relaxing licensing regulations for such units, and setting up cloud kitchen clusters with plug-and-play functionality. play on different plots of land in the city.
Brijesh Goyal, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the cloud kitchen segment has seen a major boom during the coronavirus pandemic. “Many restaurants have pivoted to focus on cloud kitchen setups, which are built on food delivery rather than catering facilities during the pandemic,” Goyal said.
DDC has invited all major cloud kitchen operators and food delivery aggregators to Tuesday’s policy consultation, which will be chaired by DDC Vice President Jasmine Shah.
“This is the first time a state government has recognized cloud kitchens as significant contributors to the food and beverage industry. Cloud kitchens have enormous potential to attract investment, increase the scale of the food and beverage sector and generate direct and indirect jobs at scale,” Shah said.