Perturbed over huge wastage of food on social events in the country, the government on Monday said it would study the “one-dish” law of Pakistan and similar legislation of other countries to deal with the problem.

“We have received many suggestions to control food wastage at social functions. A member of the National Advisory Council [NAC] has recommended imposition of Pakistan's one-dish law,” Food and Consumer Affairs Minister K.V. Thomas told reporters.

The meeting convened on the issue was also attended by NAC member N.C. Saxena, the former Governor of Uttarakhand and Sikkim, Sudharshan Aggarwal, and Rajya Sabha member Rajiv Sukhla among others.

Mr. Thomas said about 15-20 per cent of food was being wasted in India at social gatherings.

Elaborating on the suggestions that emerged during the meeting, the Minister said: “Everybody agreed that a country like ours, which is 63 in the hunger index, cannot afford to have such a huge loss of food during big events. One view is to start an awareness campaign via Jago Grahak Jago and later go for legislation if the need arises.”

Mr. Saxena said Pakistan's one-dish law on weddings limited menu to one vegetable and chappati or rice.

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