IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
W.P.(C) 8568/2010 and CM Nos.503/2012, 504/2012 and 507/2012 (all for
UDAY FOUNDATION FOR CONGENITAL DEFECTS AND RARE BLOOD GROUPS
Through: Mr. N. Chandra, Adv. for Mr. Neeraj Kishan Kaul, Amicus
UOI AND ORS ..... Respondents
Through: Mr. Rajeeve Mehra, ASG with Mr. Ruchir Mishra, Mr. Aditya
Malhotra, Advs. for UOI.
Mohd. Noorullah and Mr. Anjum Javed, Advs. for R-2.
Mr. Ajay Kohli, Adv. for NRAI.
Mr. Maninder Singh, Sr. Adv. with Mr. Divyam Agarwal and Mr. Mohit
Bakshi, Advs. for R-7.
Ms. Kanika Agnihotri, Adv. for R-11.
HON'BLE THE ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE RAJIV SAHAI ENDLAW
O R D E R
1. Learned ASG points out that the Food Safety and Standards Authority
of India (FSSAI), an autonomous statutory Authority has been constituted
under the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 for
laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate
their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, to ensure
availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption. The said
Authority had invited proposals from experienced agency / organization /
?development of guidelines for making available quality and safe food in
Schools?. It is pointed out that there are more than eight lakhs primary
and upper primary schools spread all over the country imparting education
to more than twelve crores children. The problem of serving junk food in
the schools and the adverse impact thereof has been recognized and for
the said reason, it was proposed to award the work to the agency to
address the following components:
Review of present status of safety and quality of food, sanitary
and hygiene conditions in the food made available to children in School
To study food habits of school children.
Food handling and hygienic practices in school kitchens both public
Safety standards of ingredients in food prepared in school
canteens, mess or under mid-day-meal scheme.
Availability of infrastructure facility like kitchen, mess,
canteen, cooking and serving vessels, water used etc. in schools and
status of their sanitary and hygiene conditions.
Collection of data on food safety and nutrition level of food
served in schools.
Incidents of food borne illness in schools and their causes.
Suggest measures for improvement in the quality and safety of food
served in schools. Adherence to the nutritional and safety norms laid
down in this regard.
Develop guidelines for improvement in safety and quality of food
served in Schools.
Pilot testing of guidelines in few selected schools comprising of
rural, urban, tribal area schools, boarding schools with centralized
kitchen as well as decentralized kitchen to assess whether the same are
Organize 4 regional workshops for consultation with 40-50
stakeholders per workshop to get inputs / feedback on the draft
2. Learned ASG further submits that after inviting tenders and
evaluating the same, the work has been awarded to the Nielsen Company,
New Delhi for development of the guidelines for making available quality
and safe food in schools. The terms of reference on which the said
Agency is to work are also placed before us.
3. The concerned Agency is directed to intimate the date of commencement of the work. The steps are expected to be completed within
a period of 26 weeks from the date of acceptance of the offer.
4. In view of our earlier directions, we expect that the concerned
Agency shall elucidate the views of the Restaurant Association, Retailers
Association, All India Food Processers Association etc. who have moved
the applications for impleadment in this petition.
5. To await the report of the aforesaid Agency which is awarded the
work, we adjourn the matter to 20th March, 2013.
ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE
RAJIV SAHAI ENDLAW, J
AUGUST 29, 2012