Any grand function or a ceremony involving people in large numbers come with hospitality and serving the guests lump some. Indian weddings are by default very extravagant in nature and have a number of guests pouring in for various stages of the ceremony. The Government of Delhi started to focus on the ‘Wastage of Food’ that happens in these gatherings. They are planning to formulate a policy regarding this matter.
The Delhi Government is planning and ‘contemplating’ on the matter of Food Wastage in Extravagant Weddings, to formulate a policy. They have consulted the Supreme Court on this matter to list out guidelines and an official draft on the policy.
Delhi Chief Justice Vijay Kumar Dev has taken the earlier set guidelines and concern of a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur. Their December 6th order has expressed deep concern over wastage of food and water in marriage functions.
The bench which also constitutes, Justices Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta, have said this in the order, ” It is stated (by chief secretary) that some alternatives are being discussed and there appear to be at least two options that are available and two-pronged strategy is also being actively considered so that availability of food in functions and the number of guests is limited, and the quality of food is also maintained”.
The view of the Government and the Supreme Court are going hand in hand in addressing the issue. Their consensus goes saying, “We can have guest control on one hand and regulation under the Food Safety and Standards Act where institutional arrangements can be made between the caterers and NGOs, who are providing foods to the destitute”.
A new method of Institutionalising Catering Services can have a check on the food production and its utilization, avoiding any misuse or wastage. The leftover food which usually goes waste or stale is dumped without any treatment, in turn posing a serious health issue to the surroundings.
Water misuse and water treatment are also matters or environment and health concern. At times the caterers are accused of using stale food to serve their guests, and this goes unchecked too. Keeping in mind all these related aspects of the main problem, the Supreme Court has given a time frame of Six Weeks to act.
The bench said, “We grant time till January 31, 2019, to enable the LG and chief secretary to formulate a policy and to ensure its strict implementation in the larger public interest, including the interest of the people of Delhi”. An earlier food control policy was also to be revised or clubbed together with the new one, accordingly.
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