The Union government will set up a high-level committee to look into internal trade issues that may arise following the decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, K.V. Thomas, Union Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs, has said.

Interacting with the media on the sidelines of the 27{+t}{+h}meeting of the Central Consumer Protection Council (CCPC) here on Friday, Prof. Thomas said the committee would recommend internal trade reforms to the government. It will be formed by the end of this month after consultations with the Prime Minister’s Office, he said.

The Minister, who will head the committee, said that it would interact with State governments and traders to find out their difficulties in the wake of FDI in multi-brand retail.

The committee will study various issues including transportation and logistics and suggest solutions, he said.

Prof. Thomas said the government would set up a laboratory of the Bureau of Indian Standards in Kochi soon. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has agreed to hand over 50 cents owned by the Greater Cochin Development Authority for the project.

‘‘We will start the operations from a rented building in the initial phase,’’ he said.

The Minister said that committees had already been formed to address issues related to misleading advertisements and food wastage. Self-regulation is the key to deal with misleading advertisements.

The Centre has asked the State governments to educate students on the ill effects of food wastage by including the topic in school curriculum. The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has agreed to support the initiative.

Competitions for children on the need to check wastage of food will be organised, he said.

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