New Delhi, June 17: Community kitchens (langars) in 10 major Delhi gurdwaras have implemented the food safety and hygiene standards set by food regulator FSSAI to make healthy food accessible to everyone. Delhi’s gurdwaras operate on principles rooted in bringing people together and advocating for health through nutritional food by closing the gap on hunger every day, said Manjit Singh G.K., President, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), on Sunday. He said DSGMC had cleared the stringent targets set by the Health Ministry under Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) project BHOG (Blissful and Hygienic Offering to God) to ensure that visiting devotees were served safe, hygienic and nutritious langar at all historic Gurudwaras managed by it in the national capital.
FSSAI in 2016 had launched project BHOG with an aim to ensure all places of worship in the country adopt and maintain that the ‘prasad’ received by devotees is safe for consumption. “Around one lakh devotees partake langar in all 10 gurdwaras here on week days. The number of devotees touches mark of more than five lakh on weekends and festival seasons like Holi, Baishakhi and Gurpurb,” Singh said. “Langar in gurdwaras are promoting healthy eating by providing nutritious food through distribution of sacred ‘prasad’ which consists of full diet, with chapatis, ‘dal’, ‘sabzi’ and ‘kheer’,” the DSGMC statement read. (IANS)