Swasth Bharat Yatra – Dandi Se HandiTak
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. Alarmed by the rise of lifestyle diseases, FSSAI on 10th July, 2018 unveiled ‘The Eat Right Movement’, built on two broad pillars of ‘Eat Healthy’ and ‘Eat Safe’. It aims to engage, excite and enable citizens to improve their health and well-being. The Government of India has also decided to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, at national and international level so as to propagate his message of healthy living.
Drawing inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt March (Dandi Satyagraha)a pan India cycle rally is being organised called Swasth Bharat Yatra (स्वस्थभारतयात्रा) under Eat Right India campaign. Mahatma Gandhi led the country towards freedom from British colonial rule through his tireless yatras. Government of India hopes to achieve freedom from lifestyle diseases caused by unhealthy eating through this cycle yatra.
Indian Government’s focus on public health has been channelized through its three key programmes viz. “Ayushman Bharat Yojana”, “Swachh Bharat Mission” and “Prime Minister's Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition (POSHAN) Abhiyaan”.
The 'Eat Right India' movement is a joint effort of key stakeholders & citizens and is aligned with the above three programmes.
When we see high burden of foodborne diseases, under-nutrition, micro-nutrient deficiencies and growing incidence of obesity & non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Indian citizens the critical importanceof food safety and healthy diets come to fore.
This yatra hopes to lead the nation towards freedom from diseases by cascading the message of Eat Right India to every citizen of the country.
'Swasth Bharat Yatra', a pan-India Cyclothon, is a key element of the Eat Right India movement. It is being held across 350 locations across the country for connecting 1.33 billion people to promote the message of safe and wholesome food in the country.
- This Yatra was flagged off on 16th October, 2018 on World Food Day from six different locations which are Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala),Puducherry,Leh (Jammu & Kashmir), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Panaji (Goa), & Agartala (Tripura) andthis will cover almost all states&UTs.
- Spread around 100 daysover 7,500 volunteer cyclists would stop at 2,000+ locations, and conduct in-city and en-route activities and 'Prabhat Pheris' to propagate the message of Eat Right India.
- The convoy will comprise of a team of 150 'Volunteer-Cyclists' and they will cover 50-60 kilometres daily,halting at 2-3 towns and cities on the way.The convoy would also include an 'Eat Right Mobile Unit' and a Mobile Food Testing Unit. Volunteer Cyclists will hand over the symbolic relay baton to the next batch at the stopover points and return.
- The last batch of cyclists will converge in New Delhi on 27th January, 2019 concluding the Yatra in the first phase of the Eat Right India movement.
For more details - https://fssai.gov.in/swasthbharatyatra/home.jsp