Test restaurants’ food too
This refers to the edit, “Testing FSSAI’s tests” (July 11). The Maggi case has certainly made people aware of safety standards that food products must conform to. It is surprising that even though India has a variety of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, “2-minutes” noodles and pizzas have caught people’s imagination. The Maggi episode has made people aware of of the harmful contents of packaged food. But what about the food served in restaurants and hotels? The consumer is in the dark about the materials they use, especially how many times is cooking oil reused. Simply having the kitchen staff wear caps on their heads does not make for hygienic kitchen practices. If packaged items are made to mention the raw materials on the packet, then why not have restaurants mention raw materials used for various items on the back of the menu?
Deendayal M Lulla, Mumbai
The launch of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an excellent example of the government’s commitment to the cause of skill development in order to leverage India’s demographic dividend for achieving quicker and more inclusive growth. The ball is now in industry’s court to ensure that India is in a position to emerge as the human resources capital of the world. Companies and employers must demonstrate their willingness to walk the talk on the skills issue by hiring skilled and certified staff and by creating an attractive salary differential between skilled, semi-skilled and untrained staff. Training organisations should benchmark course fees with the likely salaries obtainable in various sectors and not view government schemes as an easy way out to make quick returns. All stakeholders will need to pull their weight for the skills ecosystem to really develop in India.
Rumki Moitra, Gurgaon
Iran deal a breakthrough
The international community has good reason to react positively to the nuclear deal struck between Iran and P5+1 nations. The deal opens up the possibility of a rapprochement between the US (dubbed Great Satan by Iran) and Iran (denigrated as part of an Axis of Evil) by the US. Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the Republicans in US and hard-liners in Iran may be resolute in their opposition to the deal. But it is clear that it has defused a highly volatile situation.
G David Milton, Maruthancode
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