Jammu: The Track-I Campaign Nationwide Swasth Bharat Yatra-2018 (Healthy India Campaign/Cyclothon) starting from Leh on 16th of October today concluded at Lakhnanpur, Jammu & Kashmir with huge number of participants from all walks of life.
The final leg of the programme was seen off by the Commissioner Food Safety J&K Dr. Abdul Kabir Dar by flagging off the Cyclothon from Lakhanpur Border in presence of Track-I Nodal Officer Sh. AC Mishra, FSSAI Officials and other Senior Officials of Govt. of India and State Govt. The Baton with Cyclists, Crew, Eat Right Mobile Unit, was handed over to the Punjab Team FSSAI Track-I Nodal Officer to travel to other states Punjab, Haryana and other northern states where all the Tracks of the Pan India Cyclothon will culminate at Delhi.
Commenting on the closing ceremony the ‘Healthy India Campaign’, Commissioner Food Safety J&K Dr. Abdul Kabir Dar said that, Food Safety is an important issue; our motive is to promote eating Safe, Healthy and Fortified through Healthy Life Style in the consumers. He reiterated that, the most essential part of food safety is to generate awareness among all the stakeholders including Food Business Operators (FBO’s), other Stake holders and this Yatra is an integral part of long-term Behavioral Change. He urged all the stakeholders to cooperate and collaborate with the Commissionnerate to organise more such programmes and campaigns to sustain the movement further. Commissioner also thanked the Food Safety Officials of the Commissionnerate for their hard work and for accomplishing the task. He said that Officials with exceptional work during in organising this campaign will be rewarded.
The Yatra in J&K was officially launched from16th of October from Leh Gate, Leh by Commissionnerate of Food Safety J&K in collaboration with FSSAI where Mr. Dorje Motup, Chief Executive Counselor of Ladakh formally inaugurated it on the eve of World Food Day 2018, with theme ‘Eat Safe, Eat Healthy, Eat Fortified and No Food Waste. Despite the chilling weather, people showed their resolve and commitment to participate in the Yatra. Throughout the Campaign mapping of educational institutions, health departments, police and transport departments and tourist spots was done and activation points were set up at each destination for early sensitization.
The Yatra was being carried out in the state under the overall supervision of Dr. Abdul Kabir Dar Commissioner Food Safety J&K. the campaign was completed in the span of 146 days covering 1600 Kilometres and traversed 28 destinations viz. Leh, Sonamarg, Kangan, Ganderbal, Sopore, Kupwara, Baramulla, Uri, Tamngmarg, Srinagar, Budgam, Awantipora, Anantnag, Banihal, Ramban, Chenani, Udhampur, Domel, Katra, Jammu, Gagwal and Kathua across the state through length and breadth of 13 districts. During the Yatra, the officials of the Commissionnerate and FSSAI under the supervision of Track-I Nodal Officer, Designated Officers, City In-charges and Nodal Officers for Mobile Food Testing Vans held rallies in each district/destination in which more than 15,000 people participated including 500 cyclists, students from various Educational Institutions and Civil Society Members, Food Safety Officials, NCC Volunteers, Anganwadi Workers, and other people. Rallies passed through various food markets with cabin crew of ‘Eat Right Mobile Unit’ to sensitize people about food safety measures with slogans ‘Swasth Mai Layege Thoda Farq Aj Se Kum Karege Tel, Cheeni Aur Namak’ and display of audio-visual promotional advertisement on the screen.