New Delhi: The government is mulling to curb wasting of food in weddings and other social gatherings.  Taking cues from Pakistan, the government is planning to decide the menu and number of guests at social gatherings.

In Pakistan, only one dish is prepared at social gatherings and the number of guests does not exceed 100.

In June, there will be a national-level meeting where representatives of states will discuss to address this issue.

A meeting was convened by the Ministry of Food to discuss the proposal. However, few members rejected making of any law in this regard.

A meeting will be held in May to constitute a panel to discuss a modality to check the food wastage. The meet is likely to be attended by people from all walks of life, sources said.

Expressing his concern over wastage of food, National Advisory Committee member NC Saxena said, “People are still dying of hunger in the country and in such a situation, it is necessary to launch a public awareness campaign against the wasting of food.”

Referring to Assam Guest Control Order-1966, he said that it had to be stopped. Under this law, the number of guests was restricted.

Meanwhile, Food Minister KV Thomas asked for exploring options to control the wastage.

Also present in the discussion, Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Shukla advocated for the law similar to Pakistan’s model, which allows 25 guests in a general gathering and 100 in weddings.

Among others, the meeting was attended by Food Secretary BC Gupta, Consumer Affairs Secretary Rajiv Agarwal and Managing Director FCI Shiraz Hussain.

JPN/Bureau