Health Ministry to inject Rs 100 Cr for operating 100 food streets across India

To improve hygiene credibility of local food businesses and boost local employment

In a significant and innovative move, Union Health Ministry in collaboration with Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has requested states/UTs to develop 100 food streets in 100 districts across the country. This initiative is being taken up as a pilot project to create an example for other such streets to come up across the country for ensuring hygienic and safe food practices.

The aim of this project is to encourage safe and healthy food practices among food businesses and community members, thus, reducing food borne illnesses and improving the overall health outcomes.

This unique initiative will be implemented through National Health Mission (NHM) in convergence with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs & with technical support from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The financial assistance for the initiative to states/UTs in the form of Rs 1 crore per food street/districts will be given to fill up critical gaps.

This assistance will be provided in the ratio of 60:40 or 90: 10 with the condition that standard branding of these food streets will be done as per FSSAI guidelines.

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