Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has ordered a ban on the sale of biscuits in his ministry and in the departmental meetings and also asked the department to provide healthy snacks such as roasted channa, almonds, dates and walnuts.
In an order released on Friday, the Ministry said, “The Health and Family Welfare Minister has desired that healthy snacks only to be served in official meeting and biscuits are to be avoided.”
The order said, “Henceforth, therefore, biscuits shall not be dispensed through the departmental canteen and helathy snacks like lahiya channa, khajoor (dates), bhuna channa (roasted channa), badam (almond) and akhrot (walnuts) will be served in the official meetings in the department.” The ministry also reiterated its earlier order of not using the plastic water bottles. (IANS)
The Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju jointly announced on Friday that their respective ministries will now cooperate under a framework for greater visibility and synergy in popularising fitness among various age groupsin the country.
“Synergetic nationwide activities of the two ministries will be organised soon for fitness and wellness under the Fit India Movement” Harsh Vardhan said.
“The ministry will engage with all institutions of the Health Ministry along with other medical institutions and organisations such as IMA to create nationwide consciousness about fitness and wellness,” he added.
On the occasion, the Union Sports Minister said: “The thrust for popularising the ‘Fit India Movement’ shall now see convergence of activities of both the ministries as the goal of this national movement is to encourage people towards positive, preventive and promotive health and wellness.”