New Delhi, April 11: According to Hindustan Times, in a radio programme, Mann Ki Baat, on March 26 Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised an issue on the food wastage and advised government to fix the portions of food served at restaurants and hotels.
“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],” Ram Vilas Paswan, minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution.
“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.
These instructions will be applicable only on “standard hotels”, and not dhabas that “usually serve thalis”, told by Paswan.
PM Modi is receiving 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,” he 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.”