Recently, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has requested states/UTs to develop 100 food streets in 100 districts across the country.
About 100 Food Streets in 100 districts:
- This project aims to encourage safe and healthy food practices among food businesses and community members, thus, reducing foodborne illnesses and improving overall health outcomes.
- Implementation: It will be implemented through National Health Mission (NHM) in convergence with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs & with technical support from Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.
- The financial assistance for the initiative to States/UTs in the form of Rs.1 crore per food street/district will be given to fill up critical gaps.
- This assistance will be provided under National Health Mission (NHM) in the ratio of 60:40 or 90: 10 with the condition that standard branding of these food streets will be done as per FSSAI guidelines.
Key Facts about the National Health Mission
- It was launched by the government of India in 2013 by subsuming the National Rural Health Mission and National Urban Health Mission.
- It was designed with the aim of providing accessible, affordable, effective and reliable healthcare facilities in the rural and urban areas of the country, especially to the poor and vulnerable sections of the population.
Q1) What is the National Rural Health Mission?
The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was launched by the Government of India in April 2005 to address the health needs of underserved rural areas in the country. The main objective of the NRHM is to provide accessible, affordable, and quality healthcare services to the rural population