The GR has also listed 20 items which can be sold to school children including wheat roti, vegetable pulav, idli-vada, coconut water, and jaljira. The GR said that the union government had set up a Task Force under the chairmanship of Director, National Nutrition Institute, Hyderabad with an aim to promote consumption of healthy food by school children and to ban sale of junk food.
In it's report, the Task Force said that junk food containing high level of fat, salt, and sugar and with very less nutritional content where responsible for obesity, dental diseases, diabetes, and heart ailments in later life.
Keeping in mind the recommendations of the Task Force, the Maharashtra government decided to ban sale of junk food in school canteens. The GR has also called for schools to create awareness among students about importance of consuming nutritional food.
The food items which are banned include potato chips, sherbets, ice gola, carbonated soft drinks, non-carbonated soft drinks, rasgullas, gulab- jamuns, pedha, kalakand, noodles, pizza, burger, tikka, pani- puri, all kinds of toffees, chocolates and candies, jalebis, imartis, all kinds of sweets, cakes, biscuits, buns, pastries, jams and jellies.
(With Inputs from PTI)
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