New Delhi: The Delhi High Court came down heavily on the Central government for its policy of banning the sale of junk food outside the school premises across the country.

The court clearly stated that the Centre’s policy of banning the sale of junk food outside schools is simply an eyewash and cosmetic. The government’s plan to curb the sale of junk food is just a formality and no concrete steps have been taken in this regard, the court noted.

Hearing the petition on banning sale of junk food around schools on Wednesday, a bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Siddharth Mridul said the government’s replies are not satisfactory.

Reprimanding the Centre, the court directed it to present a convincing policy and scheme. Reacting on the Centre’s affidavit, the bench said the government should take concrete steps in the matter and should ban the sale of junk food nearby educational institutions.

“The Centre has only written about harmful effects of consuming junk food to the state governments. But what are the steps taken to curb the sale of junk food?” the court asked.

JPN/Bureau