School cafeterias across the state of Maharashtra will now serve vegetable khichdi, rajma-rice, and idli-vada instead of junk food like pizzas, noodles and pastries. The change comes after the Maharashtra government banned the sale of junk food in the state in its bid to promote healthy food and lifestyle in school children,
A Government Resolution (GR) listed 12 categories of foods including potato chips, noodles, carbonated soft drinks, pizza, burger, cakes, biscuits, buns, pastries and much more which can no longer be sold in school canteens. It also listed 20 items which can be sold to school children including wheat roti, vegetable pulav, idli-vada, coconut water, and jaljira.
A Task Force, under the chairmanship of Director, National Nutrition Institute, Hyderabad, has been set up by the Union Government. Educational institutions have also been instructed to create awareness among students about importance of consuming nutritional food.