The amount of food served at restaurants may be fixed, after the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan expressed concern over food wastage.
Food wastage is a major concern all over the world, and in a country like India, where large amount of food is wasted, where millions of them have to sleep without any food. In France, a law has already been implemented against food wastage and now Indian organizations, are running initiatives to take left over food from eateries to feed the poor.
Ram Vilas Paswan, said, “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 is a wastage of food and also money people pay for something that they do not eat.”
This move, is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal in Mann ki Baat, weeks earlier, where he called wastage of food as unjustice to poor. A meeting is scheduled to take place with the food industry representatives to discuss standardization of how much could be served to the customers. The Union Minister, also discussed if there is any legal provision to fix how much will be included in one portion.
Paswan said, this is a way to ensure uniformity, and the Government do not wish to control anything. The system will require restaurants to give in writing how much pieces of chicken, or chapatti or a certain food item one portion will have. The rules will be applicable to all the standard hotels and restaurants, exempting Dhabas which serve thalis.
Modi, in his Mann Ki Baat address last month, while talking about Swachh Bharat and food wastage, said “Have you ever thought about how much food we waste? Have you ever thought how many poor people can be fed if we do not thus waste our food? This is not something that needs to be taught. As it is, in our families, mothers always tell their children to take only as much food they can eat.”