Should street food be banned?

street food ban

Why street food should be banned :-

  • In most cases, food is prepared in an unhygienic way.
  • It is very difficult to conduct checks on hygiene at all the street food making places.
  • Street food carts encroach footpaths, parking places and roads and worsens the traffic issues.
  • The quality of oil and the raw food items that are used in cooking may not be suitable to maintain good health.
  • A lot of these street foods are junk foods which are unhealthy and addictive.
  • Street food carts are often exposed to dust and vehicular pollution.
  • Street food vendors add substances like Monosodium glutamate (MSG) to make the dish tasty and addictive. These type of food additives are very harmful and causes health problems.
  • In India, many people are slipping into poverty due to huge medical expenses. One of the main reasons for many health problems in India is taking unhealthy food. Hence banning street food and encouraging healthy and nutritional food will make India a healthy nation.
  • There is no proper regulation from government, hence it is very difficult to held them accountable in cases of food poisoning, adding addictive drugs etc.

Why street food should not be banned :-

  • Street food is satisfying the hunger of many common people. Food in most of the restaurants is not affordable to many.
  • Lakhs of street vendors are making a living by preparing and selling street food.
  • There is no long process to start street food cart and earn for living. It’s very easy for anyone to start selling street food. Many street vendors cannot afford a shop to start their business. If street food is banned, unemployment problem will be even worse. And Indian government is not in a position to give alternate employment opportunities to all the street food vendors.
  • For many middle class people, eating at street food carts is very cheap and convenient.
  • Banning street food may eliminate some distinct cultural foods that are now available only as street food.
  • If there is no street food, restaurants in some localities may tie up to charge more for the dishes because people will have no other option.
  • These days people are more cautious about health and hygiene, so people will choose to eat at carts where food is prepared in a hygiene way. Hence there is no need to worry because unhygienic street food carts will automatically be eliminated due to no demand.
  • If street food is banned, local talents will be neglected. Innovation and creativity will only be in the hands of big restaurants.
  • Not all street foods are junk foods. Some street food carts sell healthy food like sprouts, carrot juices etc.
  • There is no guarantee in the hygiene at restaurants’ kitchens. Food checks are not conducted regularly.
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Facts :-

  • Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act‘ was enacted in 2014. But this bill has several legal ambiguities.
  • National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI)‘ was formed in 1998 to protect the rights of street vendors.

Conclusion :-

Banning street food entirely is not at all possible and not needed, especially in India where lakhs of people are eating street food daily. But there is a need to regulate street food industry. A few things like gloves and hair caps should be made compulsory. Sudden hygienic checks must be conducted. Strict rules must be implemented to avoid the congestion of roads.

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3 comments

  1. Street food has given employment to many people over the years and provide food at very low price.These are two main factors in the rapid growth of street food market, however microbiological quality of raw material is still a challenge and this is what keeping many health conscious people from having street food. If we prioritize hygiene in street food market then there would be no such question of banning street food. Hygiene comes at a cost for these small street food businesses and even there is cost in not keeping hygiene like health issues. There should be some creative solutions for keeping hygiene without extra expenditure because these small street food owners have very little to invest and some of them are so poor that they can’t simply pay for the cost of keeping good hygiene. This is one of the reasons why some of the street food owners are hardly paying attention to cleanliness now a days. Slight Increase in street food prices can be one of the solutions to provide these owners with little extra money to cop up with increased expenditure to meet cleanliness goals.




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  2. According to me street food should not be banned, many peoples are there they take their breakfast and lunch from roadside eatery because may be they don’t have time to cook the food or they don’t have opportunity so they meet their hunger . Most of the people they don’t have enough money to go to the restaurant every day i.e they take the food from roadside eatery. If street food ban then middle class people they will get for by starvation. But roadside eatery owner they have to maintain hygiene and quality food they should not dupe to the customer to make their money to use stale food or carcass meet after all these are food items and people spending the money food stall owner remember it , if they require they can increase the the food costs little bit but they should not dupe the customer to make their money.




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  3. Not only wearing hand gloves and hair cap will make the process hygeinic but also strict rule to periodically check the quality of raw foods and oil should be made. Moreover, protection of food from dust generating due to vehicle and other reasons should be devised and implemented.




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