Dimapur, November 5: A Swasth Bharat Mela was held Monday at local ground (Khouchiezie) Kohima. The rally was organised on the theme “Eat Right India” by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, in association with Health & Family Welfare Department (Food Safety Wing), Government of Nagaland.
Master Ceremony (MC), Chandrika, highlighted on the importance of Swasth Bharat Yatra, a Pan India cycle rally, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March and ‘Salt Satyagraha’ of 1930. The yatra would also lead the nation towards freedom from diseases by cascading the message of Eat Right India to every corner of the country.
The ‘Swasth Bharat Yatra’ was being flagged off in October 16 (World Food Day) on six tracks from six different locations and cover almost all States/UTs, which will culminate at New Delhi on January 27, 2019 comprising of a team of 150 volunteer-cyclists and the convoy would include an ‘Eat Right Mobile Unit’ and a Mobile Food Testing Unit.
The main objective of the Yatra and Mela is to give out a strong message of consumer awareness on food safety from raw materials to finished products; food processing, transportation storage handling, packaging, distribution and whole sellers, the Food Business Operators (FBOs) will actively participate during the Mela, she stated.
Administrator KMC, Kovi Meyase in his short speech urged the people to pass on the theme message and particularly to ‘eat less salt, sugar and fat’.
Chandrika mandated the pledge to all the volunteers and participants to understand and uphold the subject of ‘Eat Safe, Eat Healthy, and Eat Fortified (+F)’
Later at the programme, simple test and awareness talks on food safety by the Food safety on Wheel team was demonstrated. (Page News Service)