Delhi’s junk food culture might just come down soon as The Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), the Delhi government’s advisory body plans to impose tax on items with high sugar, salt and saturated fat levels. Going the Kerala government way who imposed taxes on junk food in July 2016, Delhi might be the second Indian state to follow soon.
The DDC’s report cited WHO studies, according to which 22 per cent of Indian children were obese and unhealthy. In a city-wise break-up of diabetic population, Delhi, with 11.3 per cent, was behind Hyderabad (16.6 per cent), Chennai (13.5 per cent) and Bangalore (12.4 per cent).
The report also quoted an AIIMS study that out of 10 Indian children, 8 are eating unhealthy food. It cited the examples of Canada, UK, UAE, USA, Mexico and Finland that have “come up with multiple action plans in the form of regulations, advisory, taxes, policy and Acts”.
As part of this report that was submitted over last one-and-a-half-years by the DDC, junk food with high sugar, salt and fat level might be levied taxes upon. Aiming to curb the obesity and unhealthiness these food and beverages credit, the Delhi Government might soon take this step.
Not just levying taxes, the Delhi Government plans to inhibit healthy eating as a part of lifestyle as well. Considering the kind of food and eatables being served in School canteens, the report suggests setting up of a ‘Delhi School Cafeteria Policy.’ According to this policy, the availability of junk should be restricted in the area od 300-500 yards of school premises.
In order to promote this idea of healthy eating, the plan also aims to get celebrities and actors on board for endorsements as they would be able to connect and be the torch bearer of this one-of-a-kind concept.
The DDC vice-chairman Ashish Khetan said that this is the first time that such a proposal has been put before the Delhi government and the report will soon be submitted to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.