HC seeks govt response on junk food sold to students

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the city government if it had issued any direction to schools on regulating sale of junk food and aerated drinks in and around their premises, even as the centre said it would come up with guidelines on this issue by July.

Issuing notice to Delhi government on a PIL seeking ban on sale of junk food and aerated drinks in and around schools, a division bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and justice V K Jain sought its response by April 17.

“We want to know whether the Delhi government has issued directions to the schools here regarding sale of junk food and carbonated drinks under the Delhi Education Act,” the bench said.

Guidelines in July

Meanwhile, additional solicitor general (ASG) Rajeeve Mehra told the bench that the central government would finalise the guidelines by July this year to regulate the availability of junk foods and carbonated drinks within 500 yards of a school.

Earlier, the government had informed the court that the task of framing guidelines on making quality and safe food available in the schools has been assigned to AC Nielsen QRG-MARG Pvt Ltd.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said that in pursuance of the court's earlier order, it has given the task to formulate the guidelines to the private firm after inviting proposals from various expert agencies who do similar work.

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