June 29, 2011 1:05:35 AM
Bureaucrats under duress can soon look forward to the country’s food regulator to learn a lesson or two on leading a healthy life-style.
Concerned at the stressful and long working hours, which takes a toll on the health of officials holding key positions in the Governments both at the Centre and in the States, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is mulling a dietary protocol for them.
Talking to The Pioneer, FSSAI Chairman PI Suvarthan said, “Of the around 4,500 IAS officials, there are over 500 Joint Secretaries in the Central Government. Most of them are overburdened with work and have tight schedules which mean irregular or bad dietary habits. This makes them vulnerable to all kinds of stress. By the age of 40, a majority of them start complaining of various ailments such as spondylitis and gastro problems.”
The FSSAI chairperson said that the Food Authority has novel plans to identify such officials and develop modules for them after finding out their eating habits. “Should they actually follow their eating habits? What amount of calories should they take? Or for that matter, what is their present calorie intake?
“We will start working on the protocol from Delhi, and later implement it across the country for all the bureaucrats,” he pointed out.
The need of the hour for the bureaucrats is that they adopt a routine that becomes a part of their system and they should realise that it is important for their healthy lifestyle, he said adding they should also realise the disadvantage of being remaining unhealthy.
It’s not only the babus which the FSSAI is focusing upon. In fact, FSSAI director Asim Chaudhary said that recently the authority has signed an agreement with IGNOU to develop training modules on food safety and hygiene for housewives in their pursuit to learning and acquiring certain skills in respect of food safety.
Source: The Pioneer