Child Rights Panel orders Uttarakhand to ban junk food outlets near schools
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 09-Aug-2017
Dehradun, August 9: The State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) today asked the Uttarakhand government to ban the sale of junk food within 200 metres of schools. The panel asked the chief secretary to implement the order “immediately” since schools have already been opened after summer vacations. The order will also be enforced in canteens and hostels of schools.
Seeking for an action report, earlier, National commission for Protection of Child Rights had asked all states to follow the same regulation but which fell on the deaf ears of Uttarakhand and others.
SCPCR ordered, “Maharashtra has followed the regulation while Uttarakhand did not. According to information, various scientific reports have claimed junk foods has harmful and reason behind obesity.” SCPCR chairperson Yogendera Khanduri said, “India has 14.4 million obese children, which is second highest in the world. China tops with 15.3 million. It is a responsibility of all the stakeholders to enforce the rule to ban junk foods in and around schools for the wellbeing of our children.”
In 2015, a committee on consumption of junk food by school children was set up by the women and child development ministry, which too had recommended a complete ban on junk foods.