The PM’s concern over food wastage in his recent Mann ki Baat is laudable. Just because someone can pay more for food, it doesn’t mean he also has the right to waste it. The government has subsidised food schemes for the poor, national food reserves and surpluses are exported. It is the national consumption that needs to be regulated. Besides fixing the quantity of food to be served at restaurants etc, it will be right to check supermarkets and bakeries from throwing away food items. Products that are approaching expiry date should be donated, which can be collected by government agencies and NGOs/charity organisations to be distributed among the needy. Making supermarkets sign donation contracts or face a penalty, as in other countries, can also be considered.
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