Coming soon to 790 indigenous food streets across India – The New Indian Express

Express press service

NEW DELHI: Modeled on Singapore’s world famous outdoor food courts which have UNESCO status, India is planning 790 Indigenous Food Streets (IFS) – an authorized vending area – which will not only serve foods appetizing, safe and hygienic premises. delicacies, but would further promote the nation’s vibrant and unique roadside food culture.

The Union Health Ministry’s proposal is being considered by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), official sources said.

Official sources said that a presentation was also made to MPs during the last parliamentary session which received an enthusiastic response.

The ministry, which will lead the project, will be the funding body for the creation of 790 Indigenous food streets, or 158 streets per year for a period of five years.

The money earmarked for the project is Rs. 395 crore – Rs. 50 lakh per street – in 5 years. An additional cost of Rs. 19.75 crore – has also been earmarked for carrying out social audits by the union health ministry.

“A food vending area that meets specified benchmarks for street food safety and hygiene will be declared an Indigenous Food Street (IFS). The idea is not only to highlight and preserve the centuries-old culinary heritage and famous local specialties, but also to make it a tourist hotspot. It will also boost jobs and the economy,” officials told this newspaper.

According to the proposal, each parliamentary constituency will have at least one cluster of vendors, alleys and streets recognized as Indigenous food streets.

The aim is to raise the safety and hygiene standards of food sold on the street, ensure appropriate regulatory oversight of street food vendors, train and build the capacity of street food vendors , to engage local municipal agencies for infrastructure and facilities, to build consumer confidence in local food and recognition. street food clusters and to safeguard and strengthen the livelihoods of vendors.

Like in Singapore, food vendors will be located in a common geographical area like specific roads, lanes, alleys, offices or markets, or even major tourist spots. They will be provided with standard facilities such as food carts, water, light, gas hook-up, waste disposal, garbage collection, restrooms, hand washing stations and parking.

While the Ministry of Health will allocate 60% of the funds to the project, 40% will come either from the funds of the local urban body; MPLADS or state government funds. Proposals will be vetted and evaluated by an empowered committee, chaired by the Union Health Secretary.

According to the proposal, it will be mandatory for every street vendor to have a valid attribution and registration with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), which falls under the Ministry of Health.

While the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) will be the central implementing agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs will identify designated clusters. They will allocate space to food vendors, identified by local civic bodies and duly approved by the relevant MP. The ministry will also make the necessary arrangements for basic infrastructure.

Local agencies will be responsible for training street vendors and conducting final audits of the vending area through FSSAI-recognized training and audit partners.

The proposal also includes provision for a third-party audit, which will also gather feedback from the general public, food vendors and associated stakeholders for further improvements.

NEW DELHI: Modeled on Singapore’s world famous outdoor food courts which have UNESCO status, India is planning 790 Indigenous Food Streets (IFS) – an authorized vending area – which will not only serve foods appetizing, safe and hygienic premises. delicacies, but would further promote the nation’s vibrant and unique roadside food culture. The Union Health Ministry’s proposal is being considered by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), official sources said. Official sources said that a presentation was also made to MPs during the last parliamentary session which received an enthusiastic response. The ministry, which will lead the project, will be the funding body for the creation of 790 Indigenous food streets, or 158 streets per year for a period of five years. The money earmarked for the project is Rs. 395 crore – Rs. 50 lakh per street – in 5 years. An additional cost of Rs. 19.75 crore – has also been earmarked for carrying out social audits by the union health ministry. “A food vending area that meets specified benchmarks for street food safety and hygiene will be declared an Indigenous Food Street (IFS). The idea is not only to highlight and preserve the centuries-old culinary heritage and famous local specialties, but also to make it a tourist hotspot. It will also boost jobs and the economy,” officials told this newspaper. According to the proposal, each parliamentary constituency will have at least one cluster of vendors, alleys and streets recognized as Indigenous food streets. The aim is to raise the safety and hygiene standards of food sold on the street, ensure appropriate regulatory oversight of street food vendors, train and build the capacity of street food vendors , to engage local municipal agencies for infrastructure and facilities, to build consumer confidence in local food and recognition. street food clusters and to safeguard and strengthen the livelihoods of vendors. Like in Singapore, food vendors will be located in a common geographical area like specific roads, lanes, alleys, offices or markets, or even major tourist spots. They will be provided with standard facilities such as food carts, water, light, gas hook-up, waste disposal, garbage collection, restrooms, hand washing stations and parking. While the Ministry of Health will allocate 60% of the funds to the project, 40% will come either from the funds of the local urban body; MPLADS or state government funds. Proposals will be vetted and evaluated by an empowered committee, chaired by the Union Health Secretary. According to the proposal, it will be mandatory for every street vendor to have a valid attribution and registration with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), which falls under the Ministry of Health. While the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) will be the central implementing agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs will identify designated clusters. They will allocate space to food vendors, identified by local civic bodies and duly approved by the relevant MP. The ministry will also make the necessary arrangements for basic infrastructure. Local agencies will be responsible for training street vendors and conducting final audits of the vending area through FSSAI-recognized training and audit partners. The proposal also includes provision for a third-party audit, which will also gather feedback from the general public, food vendors and associated stakeholders for further improvements.

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