'Public and private airlines should provide honey as a sweetener,' says Union Minister Nitin Gadkari
Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari, has issued a directive for major private and public airlines in the country such as Air India, SpiceJet and GoAir to provide honey sachets and honey cubes as sweetener while serving tea/coffee in flights. While, refined sugar sachets are provided to on-board passengers, but with recent directive honey will soon be added as a healthy alternative to sugar in order to add taste to the beverages.
While making an address at an event, the union minister issued this directive and said, “Normally, one spoon of honey is equal to three spoons of sugar. Currently, refined sugar sachets are provided on board to passengers, so we are trying if we can provide honey sachets or honey cubes in flights and hotels.” There will be a choice of sugar or honey, he added. “I am going to call Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir and also chairperson of the Khadi Gramodyog Commission, and request them to make both the choices available in flights,” he said.
The government’s directive comes in the wake to create honey clusters and to increase the production of honey and also to make different products of honey. “Such clusters will give a major boost to the rural and tribal economy in the country and the income of farmers will be increased,” he said.
In the past too, the government issued directives to serve low-fat, low-carb meals to crew onboard and give passengers the option to have nutrition-rich food like besan chilla, oats, egg whites and paneer that are low cholesterol foods.