The famed dabbawallas (lunchbox deliverymen) of Mumbai city, who
deliver homemade lunch in tiffin boxes to thousands of office-goers
with clockwork precision, have expressed their happiness at being
selected to represent Maharashtra in the annual Republic Day Parade
on January 26.
nearly five thousand dabbawallas supply
to lakhs of city dwellers in Mumbai. They are famed for their
has given the dabbawalla syndicate a Six Sigma performance rating or
a 99.99999 percent of precision, which mean they have only one error
in six million deliveries.
have a coding system, which ensures that correct tiffin reaches the
Pingle, a Dabbawala, expressed his happiness on being invited to be
part of Republic Day Parade.
very happy. One rarely gets opportunity like this. We are very happy
that we will participate in the Republic Day parade," said Jaisingh
Pingle, Supervisor of dabbawala service.
to customers, dabbawallas are doing good work for society, so they
deserve this honour.
"It is good
that they will be called and they will be given respect. They do
good work delivering lunchboxes, that's why they are called," said
Paul D'souza, a customer of dabbawala.
city has one of the oldest and biggest meals-on-wheels systems in
back to 1850.
dabbawalla syndicate, everyone is a shareholder and irrespective of
a member's function in the entire supply chain, and each is paid
anything between rupees 2000 to rupees 4000 a month.