New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday
directed the Centre to inform it within 6 weeks whether the
government has framed any policy banning junk food and
carbonated drinks in schools.
Acting on a PIL seeking a ban on junk food which
allegedly cause damage to health and mental growth of
children, a division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and
Justice Sanjeev Khanna asked the Centre`s standing counsel
senior advocate Atul Nanda to inform the bench through an
The court asked the senior lawyer to consider framing of
a policy in the light of international studies on junk food.
The PIL was filed by Uday Foundation, an NGO, seeking ban
on the sale of junk food in schools and in a radius of 500
yards of educational institutions.
"It is the right time we change the way kids eat in
schools. Banning junk food and carbonated drinks in schools
will set new standards for healthy food that will make our
kids feel better, grow better and learn better and it will
improve the nutrition quality of school meals and remove junk
food from schools," the NGO said.
Seeking an order directing the government to develop a
comprehensive school canteen policy emphasizing healthy
nutrition among school-going children, the petitioner said
various studies by experts have pointed out the damages caused
by junk food to health and mind of school-going children.
The court issued notices to the Centre, the city
government and the National Commission For Protection Of Child
Rights and asked them to file their responses.
The bench fixed April 20 as the date for further hearing
of the matter.