I am a fitness freak yet my health is always at risk.
The fact that I run marathons, practice yoga, exercise daily and count my calories doesn’t matter. Because like most people out there, I too am exposed to food poisoning, diseases, heart-attacks and even cancer for no fault of my own.
The reason is food adulteration- one of the biggest problems in India and yet rarely discussed or debated. It should have been in national debates but it's sad that elected representatives, even us citizens have ignored the killers in our kitchens.
I’ve started a campaign to make our political leadership take this issue seriously. Sign this petition to secure your right to safe food.
There is a saying in Hindi, “Daal mein kuch kaala hai” (There is something suspicious going on). The truth is that there is literally nothing unadulterated around us anymore.
Be it food grains, fruits, vegetables and cooking oil. Even the milk we give to our children is not safe anymore.
These are not flimsy claims. Our very own Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan told the Lok Sabha in 2016 that 2 out of 3 Indians drink milk laced with detergent, caustic soda, urea and paint. 68.7% of milk and milk products sold in the country are not as per standards laid down by FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India)
The FSSAI plays a crucial role in protecting the health of ordinary citizens and takes action against food adulteration. But FSSAI itself faces a host of problems: from shortage of funds to lack of power. It has limited enforcement powers and needs more teeth.
What we need is for all political parties is to treat food safety with the same importance as has been given to Swachh Bharat, Digital India and Make In India
Sign my petition and join me in asking major political parties to commit to the following if they come to power in 2019:
1. Injecting chemicals into fruits, vegetables and adulterating milk to be made completely illegal.
2. Directives for food vendors, food joints and restaurants on food adulteration.
3. Equip FSSAI with modern technique, more labs with better food testing facilities.
4. Increasing number of food inspector and analyst and filling the vacant posts.
5. FSSAI’s guidelines and orders to be strictly implemented.
6. Violators should be heavily penalized and repeat offenders’ license to be revoked.
It’s time that our lawmakers across parties realise that they too are at risk of food adulteration. Every cup of milk tea they drink is probably already laced with toxins.
2018 saw a lot of policy-makers and influencers- posting messages, images and videos about their fitness on social media. It’s high time they make the issue of food adulteration go viral not just online but also in their election manifestos, rallies and eventually Parliament.
Join me in this movement against adulterated food. Sign today for your right to #SafeFood
Click here if you want to sign my petition in Hindi