THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: ‘Surakshita Aharam Arogyathinu Adharam’ project will be inaugurated by Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Tuesday at Cotton Hill Government Girls’ HSS. Health Minister V S Sivakumar will preside over and Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb will release a documentary CD related to the project.
The government claims that the project, to be implemented by the Food Safety Commissionerate under Mission 676, will be the first such project to be implemented in India for schoolchildren.
It aims to tackle diseases, including the ones caused by lifestyle, which is prevalent in the society, by making the younger generation aware of safe choices in food.
Through pamphlets, documentary films, magic shows, seminars and competitions, the project aims to raise awareness about the side effects of junk food, trans fat, colouring and flavouring in food as well as narcotic substances such as gutka and pan masala.
In the first phase, students chosen from selected schools would be imparted training under the Education Department. They in turn would be trained to make other children aware.
Shashi Tharoor MP, Mayor K Chandrika, Collector Biju Prabhakar, top officials from the Education Department and Food Safety Commissionerate, LSG representatives and principals of the school would be present.
Complaints regarding food materials can be registered at the toll-free no. 1800-425-1125 or the following numbers. T’Puram: 8943346181, Kollam: 8943346182, P’Thitta: 8943346183, Alappuzha: 8943346184, Kottayam: 8943346185, Idukki: 8943346186, Ernakulam: 8943346187, Thrissur: 8943346188, Palakkad: 8943346189, Malappuram: 8943346190, Kozhikode: 8943346191, Wayanad: 8943346192, Kannur: 8943346193, Kasaragod: 8943346194. Contact numbers of Intelligence Dept are T’Puram: 8943346195, Ekm: 8943346196,Kozhikode: 8943346197.