Akshaya Patra: Platinum Award winner at 3rd Lean Six Sigma
On the 3rd Annual Convention and Competition of Lean Six Sigma, Concept Business Excellence Pvt. Ltd, Vadodara awarded Platinum award to Akshaya Patra Gujarat, in the first category. The Award Ceremony was organised on October 9, 2014, which was witnessed by more than 500 people from India and Abroad.
40 thriving companies took part in the competition, whose case studies were thoroughly analysed. Out of those organisations, Akshaya Patra Foundation was the only NGO to participate in the competition. Akshaya Patra received a standing ovation from the competition’s esteemed judges and audience for their case study.
Along with Akshaya Patra Foundation, there were two other Platinum award winners in the first category. The other award categories were Diamond and Gold awards.
The Chief Guest of the event was Dr. Per Petersson, Senior Partner, Lean management coach and author; Guest of Honour was Dan Blucher, Senior Partner, Lean management coach and author, with Guest Speaker Sandesh Kadam, Site President, Reliance Industries Limited at Silvassa. Receiving the award on behalf of Akshaya Patra were Tushar Dange, Amarnath Sharma, Amrit Sahoo, Puneet Tripathi and Ajay Wagh.
This year’s theme ‘Lean Six Sigma for Global Competitiveness’ refers to India’s best performance across economic, environmental and social conditions. It encourages data driven policy based on evidences, identification of good practices, and improvement in statistical standards, amongst others. This way, the Lean Six Sigma approach enables the organisations to produce a product or avail a service in a better way, by eliminating redundancy, decreasing output time, reducing wastage and developing a zero defect product.
The Akshaya Patra project which was implemented in Surat achieved the reduction of cooking gas cost by 10 per cent, and streamlined certain processes like raw material flow to the machine, and optimisation of baking temperature and machine speed. The kitchen team achieved four to five times the goal they had set for the project.