Good news for the Delhi street food lovers, they will now have hygienic street food as the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare J P Nadda has launched a Project ‘Clean Street Food’ that directs to raise the safety standards of foods sold on streets across the city.
Around 20,000 roadside vendors would be imparted training on all aspects of health and hygiene in the first phase of the project.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will partner with the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship to train street food vendors in more than 40 centres across the Capital under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) category of the Government’s flagship skills training scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).
At the launch of the project, the Health Minister termed it a “pragmatic, practical, constructive and positive approach” to skill one of the largest unorganised sectors of the country.
There are nearly two million street vendors in the country, in which 20,000 vendors will get the training on a pilot basis.
“As street food forms an integral part of our society, the project would upgrade the skills of the street food vendors besides contributing to preventive and promotive health,” Mr Nadda added.
“It is indeed a true partnership between Ministries which earlier were working in silos. This also reflects partnership between a regulating body of the government, corporate and NGOs who have all come together to upgrade the skills of the street food vendors which would support them to enhance their livelihood options also,” he said.
The Health Minister focused on the need to maintain the momentum and to institutionalise this effort, such that it is sustained in the long run.