Clean Street Food Project: Policy Analysis
“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” -Luciano Pavarotti
Street food is not only symbolically but significant part of urban food for low, middle and high class consumer because they are less expensive and most accessible means of obtaining a nutritionally balanced meal outside the home.And it also provides a regular source of income for millions of men and women with limited education or skills especially in the third world countries.
Today, local authorities, international organisations and consumer associations are increasingly aware of the socio-economic importance of street foods but also of their associated risks. The major concern is related to food safety, but other concerns are also reported, such as sanitation problems (waste accumulation in the streets and the congestion of waste water drains), traffic congestion in the city also for pedestrians (occupation of sidewalks by street vendors and traffic accidents), illegal occupation of public or private space, and social problems (child labour, unfair competition to formal trade, etc.).
Project “Clean Street Food”
A very wonderful and great initiative is taken by the India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare by launching the project “Clean Street Food” with an objective to raise the safety standards of foods sold on streets across the capital city of New Delhi by training 20,000 roadside vendors on aspects of health and hygiene. This project has started with the partnership of FSSAI and Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship to train street food vendors at more than 40 centres across Delhi under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) category of the Government’s flagship skills training scheme- Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).
Under this project, 20,000 food street vendors would be trained, assessed and certified by seven training partners over the next four weeks at 40 training centres set up for the purpose across Delhi to impart smart Skill-Cum-Registration Cards. Mobile Application is also launched by the FSSAI to inject the grass-root level of empowerment by the food enforcement machinery for any concerns or suggestions on the issues of food safety.
Features of the Project “Clean Street Food”
- Project- Clean Street Food will change the lives of Indians at the bottom of the pyramids, boost the economic development which leads to the rediscovery of India’s rich tradition of street food.
- FSSAI will partner with the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship to train street food vendors at more than 40 centres across Delhi under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
- Under the Delhi Project, 20,000 food street vendors would be trained, assessed and certified by seven training partners over the next four weeks at 40 training centres set up for the purpose across Delhi.
- Delhi Food Safety Commissioner and the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) are engaged in mobilization of street vendors across Delhi.
- The Tourism and Hospitality Sector Skill Council (THSC), an affiliate of the National Skill Development Corporation, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship will be the training provider under the Project.
Food vendors will receive Smart Skill-cum-Registration cards on completion of the training.