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HT: Govt seeks to minimise wastage by controlling food portion at restaurants

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 11.24.15 AMTuesday: Hindustan Times reported that the govt is looking to fix the portions of food served at restaurants and hotels to stop food wastage. A set of questionnaire will be sent by the Centre to hotels and restaurants asking for their inputs. Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought up the same issue during his radio programme, Mann Ki Baat, on March 26.

Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said to the newspaper.“The PM is concerned about food wastage and so we are going to issue instructions to these hotels [about the amount of food to be served],”

“If a person can eat only two prawns, why should he or she be served six? If a person eats two idlis, why serve four! It’s wastage of food and also money people pay for something that they don’t eat.” The Union minister said a meeting would be held with all stakeholders to arrive at a decision soon.

The government instructions will be for “standard hotels” only, and not dhabas that “usually serve thalis”, Paswan told Hindustan Times.

In his previous edition of Mann Ki Baat Modi had said that he had been receiving a lot of suggestions from people concerned about food wastage. “We know that at home and at feasts and social gatherings, we tend to serve ourselves more food than we need,” the prime minister had said. “Have you ever thought about how much food we waste? Have you ever thought how many poor people can be fed if we don’t thus waste our food? We should take only as much as we can eat.”

April 11, 2017

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