Topic: Functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies; Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,
2) What were the objectives of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006? Recently, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) released an audit report on the ‘Implementation of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006’ . Examine its findings and recommendations. (250 Words)
Why this question?
Post – Maggi episode, issue of food safety is mainstream and has attracted lots of policy attention. It’s a very important question for Mains-2018.
Key demand of the question:
First, briefly write what were the objectives of food safety act; secondly examine findings of CAG and then write its recommendations. Give more weightage to last two parts.
Examine: From the article, extract relevant points and write them in your answer as per question’s demand. Your opinion is not required.
Structure of Answer:
In the introduction write in 1-2 about need for plugging loopholes in food safety act to ensure safe food to citizens (link with SDG or any report finding)
In the body, divide answer into TWO main parts: One for writing the objectives of the law (briefly 3-4 direct points). In the Second part, Combine CAG Findings and Recommendations (as is done in reference PDF). Also, categorise each finding and recommendation (as is done in reference PDF). However, you may further divide each finding into 1-2 points.
In the conclusion, write in 1-2 lines why it’s utmost important to prioritise food safety (give number of children that eat junk food) Or write that food safety is important but before that food security must be ensured (give no. of hungry mouths in India)
TIP: As you can see in the reference PDF, categorising points helps notice important points easily. Try to emulate it i your answers.