New Delhi: Concerned over the large amount
of food being wasted at marriages, parties and social
gatherings, the Food Ministry has written to the HRD Ministry
as well state education ministers to include food wastage as a
subject at school to create awareness among the youth.
In a letter to HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and state
education ministers, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister K V
Thomas appealed for the subject to be included in the syllabus
of secondary and higher secondary students.
"Inclusion of a chapter on this topic in social sciences
syllabus on lines of environmental awareness or disaster
management will go a long way in making children conscious of
this important issue from the very growing age," he said.
Thomas requested Sibal to ensure that the National
Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) makes
appropriate revisions to the National Curriculum Framework
(NCF) to include food wastage as a subject, while at the state
level, he urged similar action by the individual state boards,
according to an official statement.
Upset with the large quantities of food being wasted at
marriages, parties and different social gatherings while
millions of people go hungry in the country, the minister said
he recently held a meeting of eminent citizens, legislators,
activists and experts to discuss the problem and formulate
He said that a large number of dishes served in such
lavish parties exhibit a vulgar display of wealth, emphasising
that expenditure on such occasions puts pressure on prevailing
prices of foodgrains, leading to inflation and scarcities.
During the meeting, it was unanimously resolved that a
special media campaign should be launched to sensitise
citizens against such extravagant expenditure and wastage of
Further, a need to sensitise students and young citizens
regarding avoidable food wastage was stressed by all the
stakeholders at the meeting.
It was also decided at the meeting to engage the IIPA
(Indian Institute of Public Administration) to conduct a
survey so as to assess the magnitude of the problem.