Kohima, November 4: The North East Region leg of Swasth Bharat Yatra, a Pan India Cycle rally inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March and ‘Salt Satyagraha’ of 1930 arrived Nagaland on Sunday.
Nagaland is the third state in the North East region, after Mizoram and Manipur, to be covered by the movement under the theme ‘Eat Right India’.
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, stated a leaflet distributed by the FSSAI officials on arrival at Kohima.
On reaching Kohima from Manipur state, the 29 cyclist with two officials from Food Safety Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and other team was given a traditional Naga welcome by Advisor for Law & Justice, Border Affairs and Treasuries & Accounts, Government of Nagaland, MLA Dr Longrineken along with officials of Health and Family Welfare Department and DEF Kohima at Police Headquarters here this afternoon.
The FSSAI team is led by Assistant Director Madan Mohan Khantwal.
In his address, Dr Longneken said there are various types of diseases – some hereditary, some communicable and some self created like Diabetes, obesity and heart disease etc, which is associated with our living habit and diet with high levels of fat, sugar and salts.
He urged the people of the State to join the mission of the Government of India under the initiatives of FSSAl, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare ‘Eat Right India’ movement launched in commemorations of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with the aim to ensure Trans-fat Free India by 2022.
The ‘Swasth Bharat Yatra’ was flagged off on October 16 last coinciding with World Food Day on six tracks from six different locations and cover almost all States/UTs while the culmination would be held in New Delhi on January 27, 2019.
Beside the cyclist the convoy includes an “Eat Right Mobile Unit” and a Mobile Food Testing Unit. It would make ‘stop-overs’ in cities and towns and have transit ‘halts’ and activities in more than 2000 locations spread over 100 days.
This is expected to be the beginning of revolution for healthy diets and focus on preventive healthcare.
On Monday, following a brief program with the Deputy Commissioner, Kohima and the participants the rallyist will proceed to the Local Ground and hold Swasth Bharat Mela to give out a strong message of consumer awareness on “Food Safety” from raw materials to finished products.
Master of Ceremony, Chandrika Das administered the Eat Right pledge, which stated “I pledge to eat healthy, starting today I pledge to make my nation healthier and happier. Starting today, I pledge to reduce my intake of salt, sugar and fat thereby leading a healthy life-style”.
SP Kohima Vekhosa Chakhesang delivered the welcome address while State Project Officer (Food Safety) Nagaland, Dr Akuo Sorhie also delivered short speech. The Baton of the rally was exchanged between Chief Cyclist of Manipur and Nagaland.
Among others Advisor for Irrigation and Flood Control, Namri Nchang also attended the function.
The Eat Right India movement will head for Dimapur on November 6 with Minister for Health and Family Welfare flagging off the Nagaland cyclists from War Cemetery Kohima.
(Page News Service)