Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has asked food companies to join the relief operations in Nepal, even as major ones in India, including ITC, Nestle and PepsiCo India, have come forward to help earthquake victims.
The food processing ministry is organising the delivery of processed food articles for the quake victims, an official statement said.
Nestle has donated two lakh packets of Maggi Noodles, while ITC has provided two lakh packets of Yippee noodles and the CG group has donated 12,000 packets of YY noodles.
The All India Food Processors’ Association is sending 25,000 packets of ‘namkeen’ by Haldiram, 5,000 packets of ‘namkeen’ by Bikanerwala and 4,000 packets of ‘namkeen’ by BTW.
PepsiCo India has also confirmed sending 60,000 one-litre bottles of water contained in 5,000 cases, the statement said.
“A tragedy can happen to anybody any time, we all should rise to the occasion and contribute our bit,” Badal said.
She appealed to food processing units across the country to send ready-to-eat packaged food, bottled water, and other articles of daily use for Nepal quake victims.
“The food items are being airlifted by the air force planes for the victims,” the statement said.