100 eating streets

Union Health Ministry, in collaboration with Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, has asked states and UTs to create 100 food streets in 100 districts across the nation. As a pilot project, this initiative is being undertaken to set a precedent for more such streets to emerge across the nation, providing clean and safe culinary practices. The purpose of this initiative is to promote healthy eating habits among local residents and business owners, thereby lowering the incidence of foodborne illnesses and improving overall health outcomes.

Shri Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, and Shri Manoj Joshi, Secretary of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, noted in a letter to states that “Easy access to safe and hygienic food is crucial for the good health of individuals. Safe food practices will not only support the ‘eat right campaign’ and food safety, but will also raise the sanitary standards of nearby restaurants, increase local tourism, and strengthen the local economy. A cleaner and greener environment is also the result.”

The National Health Mission (NHM), in coordination with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, will carry out this innovative programme with technical assistance from the FSSAI. To close crucial gaps, States and UTs would receive funding for the project in the amount of Rs. 1 crore for each food street and district. In 100 districts around the nation, 100 of these food streets will open up (see list below). Under the National Health Mission (NHM), this support will be given in a 60:40 or 90:10 ratio, subject to the requirement that these food streets be standard-branded in accordance with FSSAI regulations.

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