Food is everyone’s primary need, and the government has been trying to smoothen the food supply chain in India so that food demands can be met on time. However, the work does not end here. Along with supplying the necessary food, the government needs to ensure that food is of standard quality and is delivered through fair trade practices.
In order to achieve standardized, safe, and quality food, the government, along with various departments, has passed safety laws and standards to ensure that food delivered is nutritious and healthy. Also, the government has made rules for unfair trade practices, through which clean and safe food is shipped to people for consumption.
Not only through rules & regulations, but the government has also been trying to spread awareness through schools as well. Inserting lessons about nutrition, food choices, etc., in the syllabus, and encouraging teachers to guide students to start eating healthy and nutritious food has been an effective step towards a healthy nation.
In 2018, the Indian government launched The Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition (POSHAN) Mission or National Nutrition Mission to improve the nutritional quality of children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers. The mission consists of four pillars that aim to reduce malnutrition in the coming years.
- Unifying efforts in different sectors for better service delivery.
- Track real-time growth of women & children.
- Intense health & nutritional services for the first 1000 days.
- Jan Andolan.
Although, the government has not been able to achieve their desired targets of POSHAN Maah due to the pandemic, slowly ministries are coming back in action to educate people & highlight the importance of nutrition in the human body.