Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said that the government is committed to ensure health security for every citizen and it is strengthening district hospitals to provide better health facilities. He also emphasized on the role of states in ensuring food security and healthy food practices, an official statement said.
Food Safety and Standards Authority issued by Mandaviya India (FSSAI)’s fourth State Food Security Index (SFSI) is to measure the performance of states on five parameters of food security. The index was launched from 2018-19 with an aim to bring about a competitive and positive change in the food security ecosystem in the country.
speaking on the occasion of World On Food Safety Day, Mandaviya highlighted that there has been an overall development in the health sector. The Minister said that the Government is committed to ensure health security for every citizen of the country.
He said that for this the government is focusing on primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare fronts and various initiatives like strengthening health and wellness centers and district hospitals under the National Health Mission. He appreciated the important role of FSSAI in ensuring healthy and nutritious food to the citizens of the country.
“It is important to note that states have an important role to play in ensuring food security and healthy food practices. Mandaviya said, it is the need of the hour that we come together to ensure a healthy nation. The Minister felicitated the winning States/UTs based on their ranking for the year 2021-22 for their performance on all parameters.
Among the large states, Tamil Nadu topped, followed by Gujarat and Maharashtra. Among smaller states, Goa ranked first, followed by Manipur and Sikkim. Among the Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Chandigarh secured the first, second and third positions respectively.
Mandaviya also felicitated the states which showed significant improvement in the State Food Security Index. To inspire smart cities to develop and execute a plan that supports a healthy, safe and sustainable food environment through adoption of various Eat Right India initiatives, Mandaviya has launched EatSmart Cities, launched by FSSAI last year. The 11 winners of the Challenge Smart Cities were also honored. Smart Cities Mission.
He felicitated the winners of the Eat Right Research Challenge and Eat Right Research Awards and grants for cities and districts. Mandaviya initiated various innovative initiatives by FSSAI including Eat Right Research Awards and Grants Phase II. The Eat Right Creativity Challenge Phase III, a competition at the school level and the logo for AyurvedaAahar consisting of initials of Ayurveda and Ahara, with 5 leaves symbolizing the five elements of nature.
In addition, the minister also released various e-books that advocate and capture innovative recipes about oil-free cooking and sugar-free desserts. He also launched various resource books including Khadyanjali, a quarterly magazine published by the Official Language Division of FSSAI; Guidance document on foodborne disease outbreak investigation and microbial process control, sampling and testing of fish and fish products etc.
To curb the burden from food borne diseases and ensure food security, Union Health Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan said that there is a need for a multi-pronged and multi-stakeholder approach involving industries, government machinery, regulators etc. and every strata of the society. But awareness should be created. , FSSAI CEO Arun Singhal said that the food testing paradigm in the country is being improved in mission mode and MoUs have been signed with States/UTs to focus on food security implementation in their respective regions. can be seen