Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed concerns over the wastage of food on his monthly radio show – ‘Mann Ki Baat,’ the administration is planning to fix portion sizes of dishes served in the star hotels and restaurants to curb the wastage of food.
“Ignoring the issue of food wastage is anti-social and this is injustice to the poor. Wastage of food is unfortunate. I know of several youngsters who are using technology to prevent wastage of food,” PM Modi had said in Mann Ki Baat.
But now, the ministry is drafting a set of questions meant for hotels and restaurants under which it will be cleared what dish sizes they should serve to a customer.
“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,” said Ram Vilas Paswan, minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution.
“They are the 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 (of food). We are going to call them (stakeholders) for a meeting. The PM is concerned about food wastage, so we are going to issue instructions to these hotels (about the amount of food to be served),” the minister further added.
However, he clarified that the directives would be applicable to “standard hotels” and not dhabas that “usually serve thalis”.