Government may soon fix portions of food served in hotels


New Delhi: In a bid to contain food wastage, the government is planning to “fix” the amount of food served in restaurants and hotels.

As per sources, on Tuesday, Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said he has called a meeting of people associated with the food industry to contemplate and standardise how much should be served.

“I noticed when I went to restaurants that food was being wasted. We cannot see this happening in a country where there are so many poor. I asked the industry and restaurants to come to the meeting and discuss if there is any legal provision to fix portions,” Paswan said.

The ministry will come up with a questionnaire which will ask hotels and restaurants on how much they think they should serve and how much a customer can consume.

However, Ram Vilas also cleared that the instructions would be applicable to “standard hotels” and not dhabas that “usually serve thalis”, sources said.

In last month’s monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed concern about food being wasted.

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