New Delhi: Perturbed over huge wastage of
food on social events in the country, the government on Monday said it will study the "one-dish" law of Pakistan and similar
legislations of other countries to deal with the problem.
"We have received many suggestions to control food wastage
at social functions. A member of National Advisory Council
(NAC) has recommended imposition of Pakistan`s one-dish law.
We will look into that law and similar legislations of other
countries," Food and Consumer Affairs Minister KV Thomas told
The meeting convened on the issue was also attended by
NAC member N C Saxena, former governor of Uttarakhand and
Sikkim Sudharshan Aggarwal and Rajya Sabha member Rajiv Sukhla
Thomas said about 15-20 per cent of food is being wasted
in India at social gatherings.
Elaborating on the suggestions that emerged during the
meeting, the minister said: "Everybody agreed that country
like ours, which is 63 in the hunger index, cannot afford to
have such a huge loss of food during big events".
"One view is to start awareness campaign via Jago Grahak
Jago and later go for legislation if the need arise." he said.
NAC member Saxena said India can take a look at the
Pakistan`s one-dish law on weddings, which limits menu to one
vegetable and chappati or rice.
Aggarwal and Sukhla suggested revival of the Guest
Control Order, which limits number of dishes that can be
served on weddings and also the number of guests, the minister
Thomas, however said, "the original papers regarding the
Guest Control Order are not traceable. We have a copy of Assam
Second Guest Control Order of 1966 for reference".
The Assam Second Guest Control Order limits guests to 25
in small parties and 100 on weddings and funerals.
To stop the ostentatious attitude, the minister said
that a committee will be constituted to study recommendations
of the members in today`s meeting and propose ways to contain
food wastage in big events.
A national level conference would also be held sometime
in June to sensitise the state governments in this regard, he
Thomas was also of the view that the government should
also set an example in reducing food wastage during public
events and conferences.