Chandigarh,09.08.18-Street food satisfies a vital need of the urban population by being reasonably priced and conveniently available. However, food safety of street food is a major concern as these foods are generally prepared and sold under unhygienic conditions, with limited access to safe water, sanitary services or garbage disposal facilities. Thus immediate and surrounding unhealthy environment of street vendors cart affects customer’s health and underpins the importance of food safety interventions.

Dr. Kumar Pushkar, PhD scholar from School of Public Health at PGIMER Chandigarh is working on “Food Safety Training for Improved Health Related Microenvironment of Street Food Vendors of Chandigarh” under Dr SonuGoel, (Additional Professor, SPH, PGIMER Chandigarh) and DrAmarjeet Singh (Professor, Dept of Community Medicine, PGIMER).

Mr. Sukhwinder Singh, designate officer and licensing authority, Food Safety & Standard Cell of Chandigarh Administration has been associated in this research right from its inception and is extending all support in this venture.Dr. Kumar Pushkar will launch the food safety training of street vendors around PGIMER along with the students of Neuroscience Research Lab’s as a part of his PhD thesis work based randomized controlled trial on 10th August, 2018. Later on, he will train more than 70 such vendors across the city.

Dr AkshayAnand,Professor, Department of Neurology PGIMER and his team has done excellent work under “Project Magic Broom” implementing SwachhBharat Abhiyaan within PGIMER, Chandigarh .Under his able leadership, his team has tirelessly completed ‘192 weeks of their continuous & selfless activity’. Now, a campaign is being launched by them to train street food vendors around PGIMER campus regarding food safety. They, along with Dr. Kumar Pushkar will also sensitize the vendors on maintenance of basic hygiene and sanitation and cleanliness in and around food preparation and serving area. Mr Ram Milan Gaur, member designate of Chandigarh unit of NASVI ( National Street Vendors’ Association of India) local leader of street vendors is being involved in this movement so that this campaign can be carried in our city. Chandigarh as a modern planned and smart city can certainly take a lead here and a concept of ‘Safe Food Town’ can be developed& nurtured in our beautiful and smart city.This campaign is in consonance with the prevailing thrust area, viz. Hon’ble PM’s ‘SwachhchhtaAbhiyaan’ ( esp. Food Safety) and will also assist in increasing Street Food Vendors’ hygienic practices & standards –Skill improvement therein.