FSSAI for women empowerment
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is likely to become the first regulator in India to give one-third representation to women in the composition of regulatory body since they represent 50 per cent of the population.india Updated: May 18, 2006 02:24 IST
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is likely to become the first regulator in India to give one-third representation to women in the composition of regulatory body since they represent 50 per cent of the population.
As such, three critical sectors - civil aviation, petroleum and natural gas and food - will soon have regulators, aimed to bring in more transparency and attract foreign investment in these sectors.
The Food Safety and Standards Bill, 2005 has proposed to set up a Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) with its headq uarters at Delhi. The Ministry of Food Processing Industries has accepted the recommendation of a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture, “as a guiding principle” to give adequate representation to the fair gender.
“As far as possible, one-third of the representatives of the Food Authority should be women,” states one of the recommendations of the Standing Committee.
FSSAI is likely to have 18 members, as proposed originally, out of which seven members not below the rank of joint secretary, representing agriculture, commerce, consumer affairs, food processing, health, legislative affairs, Small-scale industries will be ex officio members.
In view of the large variety and diversity of food and food products, experts in the field of toxicologist, microbiology and nutrition may be represented in (FSSAI).
It is also proposed to have one member as representative of retailers.
It is proposed two representatives each from consumer organisations, small-scale industries, one eminent food technologist or scientist, and one representative of the farmer community.
In addition, five members would be appointed in rotation every three years, one each in seriatim from the zones as specified in the First schedule to represent the States and Union Territories.
A high level committee would select the chairperson and members of FSSAI. It would consist of Cabinet Secretary, Secretary Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Secretary Health, Legislative and Personnel, Chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PSEB) and an eminent food technologist to be nominated by the Centre.