Centre holds training for street vendors

Centre holds training for street vendors
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As a part of the implementation of Swachhta Action Plan for the year 2017-18, the Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India jointly with Nestle India and NASVI will organize trainings for 500 street food vendors in New Delhi to generate awareness on food quality and safety. 

Hyderabad: As a part of the implementation of Swachhta Action Plan for the year 2017-18, the Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India jointly with Nestle India and NASVI will organize trainings for 500 street food vendors in New Delhi to generate awareness on food quality and safety.

While street food vending is an important source of employment for a large population, a variety of constraints including lack of knowledge and skills in business, limited training opportunities, and restricted mobility have prevented street vendors from improving their skills and capabilities.

Recognising this challenge, the ministry in association with Nestle India and NASVI launched ‘Project Serve Safe Food’ in New Delhi to train street food vendors on health, hygiene, safe food handling, waste disposal and entrepreneurship. The programme has been rolled out in a phased manner by Nestle India with the first leg being launched in Goa in November 2016 followed by Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala.

“It is imperative that street food vendors get proper knowledge of food hygiene practices. There is tremendous scope to uplift the overall quality of street food available,” said Parag Gupta, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries, at the launch of the programme in the national capital.

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