Govt mulls law to curb food wastage at weddings

New Delhi, Feb 22 (PTI) Terming the food wastage atweddings and social gatherings as "criminal", Food andConsumer Affairs Minister K V Thomas today said the governmentcould bring a new law in this regard and also launch anawareness campaign to curb this.

The minister said although the government has notconducted any study to determine the level of wastage of foodat such functions like marriage events, there are reports thatwastage is to the extent of 15-20 per cent.

"There is huge wastage of food at weddings and othersocial functions. It is a criminal wastage. We are finding outmechanism to bring down such wastage of food," Thomas toldPTI.

The Consumer Affairs Ministry has initiated aconsultation with noted farm scientist M S Swaminathan andseveral civil societies to suggest ways to reduce the wastageof food items at big events, he said.

Asked if the government is planning to limit the numberof guests at weddings, Thomas said, "We are not going to thatextent. We will either launch an awareness campaign or if needbe bring in a new legislation."

The government will also look into the Guest ControlOrder of the 1960s, which limits number of guests at marriagesand other events, he said.

The minister noted that the need of the hour is to stopsuch kind of wastage because there are still some percentageof population who get only one time meal.

Besides consultation with NGOs, the government is mullingsetting up a national advisory committee to look into thisissue, he added.

The UPA government is also in the process of bringing aNational Food Security Act to ensure legal entitlement ofhighly subsidised foodgrains to the poor.

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