There are many Indians who are not even getting food twice a day; but, on the other hands, a number of Indians waste large quantity of food. Just to give you an idea about how serious the problem of food wastage in India is – 40% of the total food that India produces is wasted every year.
The Modi government is planning to take steps to tackle the problem of food waste and it has come up with a method to handle this issue.
The central government is thinking of fixing the quantity of food that will be served to customers by star hotels and restaurants as Union minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan, stated,
“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 ministry will ask hotels and restaurants about the quantity that should be fixed keeping in mind various parameters and for this purpose, it is planning to send questionnaires to hotels and restaurants. The minister further added,
“They are experts. They should tell us the maximum amount of a dish a person can eat. You go to a Chinese restaurant; they give you so much. We are going to call them for a meeting. 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).”
However, these instructions or regulations will be applicable on standard hotels only and not on the dhabas where thalis are served.