New Delhi: Now there is a ban on serving biscuits and instead what’s going to be offered during official meetings of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, would be “healthy snacks” i.e. plates full of walnut, almond, roasted gram, and dates as ordered by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
An order issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare directs:
“Serving of biscuits through the Departmental Canteen of the Department of Health & Family Welfare is to be dispensed with.”
The order, citing the reason for dumping biscuits, says:
“Hon’ble HFM (Health and Family Welfare Minister) has desired that healthy snacks only are to be served in official meetings and biscuits are to be avoided. Henceforth, therefore, biscuits shall not be dispensed through the Departmental Canteen and healthy snacks only like Lahiya channa, Khajoor, Bhuna Channa, Badam & Akhrot will be served in official meetings in the Department. Further, the order issued earlier by the Administration Division for not using plastic water bottles shall also be implemented in letter and spirit.”
New Delhi: Government of India has decided to import further 20,000 MT Chana (gram), 80,000 MT Masoor to strengthen the buffer stock.
Inter Ministerial Committee on prices of essential commodities headed by Union Consumer Affairs Secretary, Hem Pande reviewed the availability and prices of essential commodities specially pulses here today. The meeting also reviewed the procurement and distribution of pulses from buffer stock.
It was observed that there are declining trends in the prices of pulses in recent weeks and these are expected to fall further in view of good sowing of pulses.
The Government agencies have procured about 1, 39,000 MT pulses from the domestic market and farmers and 56,000 MT pulses have been contracted for import. Thus 1, 95, 000 MT pulses are available with the buffer stock.
The Department of Consumer Affairs has requested State Governments to expedite lifting of pulses Tur and Urad from the buffer stock for distribution at not more than Rs. 120/kg. These pulses are provided to the States– Tur at the rate of Rs. 67/kg and Urad at the rate of Rs. 82/kg. Under the circumstances, the lifting of pulses by the States is picking up.
Today’s meeting was attended by senior officials of the Ministry and departments of Agriculture, Food, Commerce, Revenue, MMTC, and NAFED.