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If a Person Eats 2 Idlis, Why Serve 4? Govt to Fix Food Portions in Hotels

The Narendra Modi government is preparing to fix portion sizes of dishes served by star hotels and restaurants.

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Updated:April 11, 2017, 7:51 PM IST
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If a Person Eats 2 Idlis, Why Serve 4? Govt to Fix Food Portions in Hotels
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New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is preparing to fix portion sizes of dishes served by star hotels and restaurants.

This comes a fortnight after Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed concern about wastage of food in his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio programme.

“It's a proposal based on what PM has said and we hope this will stop food wastage. We will call meeting of industry soon to find a mid way,” Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution told CNN-News18.

The ministry is drafting a questionnaire for hotels and restaurants to explain 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,” Paswan had told HT on Monday.

He, however, clarified the instructions would be applicable to “standard hotels” and not dhabas that “usually serve thalis”.

In his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ last month, Modi had flagged the issue of food wastage at feasts and termed it as injustice to the poor.

Paswan’s latest move comes in addition to a slew of consumer-centric proposals that the ministry has incorporated in a new draft bill to amend Consumer Protection Act.

The draft bill is at present under law ministry’s consideration. In the new bill, the government has dropped the provision for imprisonment of celebrities for misleading advertisements; instead, a jail term has been proposed for producers or manufacturers.

As per the new proposal, if the producer is found responsible for misleading ads, the punishment would range from a fine to cancellation of license to a jail term, depending on the frequency of the offence.

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