New Delhi: The Center on Thursday invited food ministers from across the country to discuss the issue of community cooking and other issues that will lead to the creation of a national food grid for people who are beyond the scope of the public distribution system to fight hunger. and malnutrition.
Union Minister of Consumer, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal will chair the meeting hosted by the Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) under his ministry.
The meeting is triggered due to a written petition to the Supreme Court regarding establishing the concept of community kitchens across the country, formulating the program required to provide food to those in need and creating a national food grid for people who are beyond the reach of the Public Distribution System to fight hunger and malnutrition.
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Incidentally, data from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) released on Wednesday revealed declining nutritional indicators in several states.
The Supreme Court ordered the Union of India to come up with a “model community kitchen program” acceptable to Union States / Territories (UTs) within three weeks.
The Court also ordered all the governments of the states / territories of the Union to attend the meeting to be organized / organized by the Union of India and to cooperate with them to develop said program, which can be made uniformly applicable to all States / Union. territories.
Some of the likely key issues that will be discussed during the meeting are Model Community Kitchen Program, One Nation One Ration Card Implementation Status, Aadhaar Seeding of Ration Cards, Authenticated FPS Transactions biometrically and others.
Previously, the secretary of the DFPD had held a meeting on November 21, 2021 with the chief and food secretaries of the states and UTs to discuss the community kitchen program model.