In its effort to curb food waste, the Indian government wants to fix serving sizes across hotels and restaurants.
"If a person can eat only two prawns, why should he or she be served six? It’s wastage of food and also money people pay for something that they don’t eat,” a government official said in a report in the Hindustan Times.
Stopping food waste is no doubt well intentioned but some are not impressed with the way the government is going about it.
It has already suffered the wrath of internet users following a series of regulations around currency notes and meat slaughter. So the prospect of controlling serving sizes while dining out has created quite the social media storm:
Exactly How much does modi want to "modify" everyone's lives? Next up - aadhar card verification before copulation https://t.co/tq5WaZxmqg
— Priyanka Sachar (@twilightfairy) April 11, 2017
First they told you what to eat. Not they tell you how much to eat. Welcome to the world's largest kindergarten: https://t.co/NInlIbm4dp
— Salil Tripathi (@saliltripathi) April 11, 2017
Next up: Aadhaar-linked NaMo app delivers an electric shock each time you exceed your govt-mandated prawn/idli quota https://t.co/QEDBBCN6A7
— Amitabh Dubey (@dubeyamitabh) April 11, 2017
The promise of "Minimum Government, Maximum Governance" seems like a forgotten dream now. Sigh!