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"It's wastage of food and also money people pay for something that they don't eat", Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan was quoted as saying, in an HT report. If a person eats 2 idlis, why serve four? With the intention of not wasting the food we eat at restaurants, the minister says how many prawns or chicken pieces you'll get on your plate should be standardised.

The government instructions will be for "standard hotels" only, and not dhabas that "usually serve thalis", Paswan told Hindustan Times.

The Government will send questionnaires to hotels and restaurants in order to arrive at the quantum of food that be served.

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The government will not bring a law to check food wastage at hotels and restaurants, rather it will encourage them to take voluntary steps in this regard, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said today. We are going to call them (stakeholders) for a meeting. "They either imposed a fine or ban (on celebrities) and so we made a decision to go for the same", Paswan told HT.

The government's initiative comes a week after prime minister Narendra Modi expressed concern about wastage of food in his radio programme "Mann Ki Baat" which airs every month. Since customers do not know about the quantity of food being served, they can not finish it and remaining part goes waste. "As it is, in our families, mothers always tell their children to take only as much food they can eat". We can't even finish half of what is on our plates.

This is a noble thought but we hope that the execution is smooth as well!

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Paswan's remarks came almost a fortnight after Modi expressed concern over large-scale wastage of food in the country.

According to estimates, around 67million tonne of food is wasted in a year, while the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said that about 194 millionpeople went to sleep on an empty stomach and a quarter of the world's undernourished people lived in India.

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