KOHIMA, Nov 5 (NEPS): The ‘Swasth Bharat Yatra’ that started from October 16, 2018, on the World Food Day from six different locations has reached Kohima. As part of their arrival at the State Capital, a Swasth Bharat Mela was held at the Kohima Local Ground (Khouchiezie) on Monday.
The rally was being organized on the theme “Eat Right India” by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, in association with Health & Family Welfare Department (Food Safety Wing), Government of Nagaland.
Master of Ceremony (MC), Chandrika highlighted on the importance of Swasth Bharat Yatra, a Pan India Cycle rally, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March and ‘Salt Satyagraha’ of 1930. Through his tireless yatras, Gandhi led the nation towards freedom from Colonial Rule. The yatra would also lead the nation towards freedom from diseases by cascading the message of Eat Right India to every corner of the country.
The ‘Swasth Bharat Yatra’ was being flagged off from October 16, 2018 (World Food Day) on six tracks from six different locations and covering almost all States/UTs, which will culminate at New Delhi on January 27, 2019.
The team of 150 ‘Volunteer-Cyclists’ and the convoy would include an ‘Eat Right Mobile Unit’ and a Mobile Food Testing Unit. The Convoy would make ‘stop-overs’ in cities and towns and have transit ‘halts’ and activities in over 2000 locations spread over 100 days. This would be the beginning of a revolution for healthy diets and focus on preventive healthcare.
The main objective of the Yatra and Mela is to give out a strong message of consumer awareness on “Food Safety” from raw materials to finished products; food processing, transportation storage handling, packaging, distribution and whole sellers, the Food Business Operators (FBOs) will actively participate during the Mela, She stated.
Administrator KMC, Kovi Meyase in his short speech said although they were being informed of the latest technology for their health and living issues, “yet we tend to be ignorant.” He expressed the hope that the program would awaken and remind them about their “food and living habits.”
He urged the people to pass on the theme message and particularly to ‘eat less salt, sugar and fat’. On the brighter side he said, since they had more access to organic materials, they could cultivate the habit of eating organic foods. He expressed gratitude for the extraordinary program to the Organizers, NCCs, Volunteers, and participants and further hoped such movement would ultimately lead them to a healthy and prosperous life and make the nation healthier. NCC was actively involved in the Yatra with their participation including the cyclists.
Meanwhile, Chandrika mandated the pledge to all the volunteers and participants to understand and uphold the subject of ‘Eat Safe, Eat Healthy, and Eat Fortified (+F)’
Slideshows on Vashnava Jan Toh, a film on Gandhiji, Eat Right India, Swasth Bharat Yatra were also shown.