Modi government to fix food portions at hotels to prevent wastage

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi called food wastage at feasts as “injustice to the poor”, the government is planning to specify food portions served at restaurants


Union food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan says that his ministry will soon come out with a questionnaire for hotels and restaurants to explain what dish sizes they should serve to customer. Photo: iStockphoto
Union food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan says that his ministry will soon come out with a questionnaire for hotels and restaurants to explain what dish sizes they should serve to customer. Photo: iStockphoto

New Delhi: Taking a cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing concern about wastage of food in his radio programme Mann ki baat, the government is mulling to specify the quantity of food served in restaurants and hotels, according to a news report.

“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,” Hindustan Times quoted Ram Vilas Paswan, minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution.

The ministry will soon come out with a questionnaire for hotels and restaurants to explain what dish sizes they should serve to customer, HT reported.

“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 and so we are going to issue instructions to these hotels (about the amount of food to be served),” Paswan told HT on Monday.

The measure will not apply to dhabas which serve thalis, HT reported. In his Mann Ki baat last month, Modi called food wastage at feasts as “injustice to the poor”.

The Modi government has also proposed a new draft bill to amend Consumer Protection Act, which proposes customer-centric reforms and aims to target misleading ads.

More From Livemint