SRINAGAR, Apr 12: Minister of State (MoS) for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani today said that the prosecution clause in the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006 would help in taking punitive action against the food adulterators.
Nasir, who is also MoS for Tourism, Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering described food adulteration as the worst form of crime, adding that this leads to death of people in many cases. He said that the Act would also help in curbing the menace of spurious medicines being sold in the market.
“Food adulteration is the biggest crime in the world. It can cause deaths and has happened in the past. Food adulteration leads to diarrhea and diarrhea accounted to 22 lakh deaths during the last year across the globe. This should open the eyes of the people especially those indulging in food adulteration.. Hopefully with the new act in place action would be taken against the violators of the law,” said Nasir while addressing a workshop held in connection with the enactment of the Act.
The MoS Home asked hoteliers, traders, restaurant owners and industrialists to extend their cooperation in the implementation of the FSSA. He impressed upon the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) authorities to take people along with other stake holders on board before implementation of the Act.
The MoS Home said that if FSSA is implemented in letter and spirit then adulteration can be stopped and the customer can become the real king. He highlighted the importance of full throttle awareness campaign saying that such things are important before enactment of any new legislation.
Sharing his views, Municipal Commissioner, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Qasba said that SMC is the implementing agency for this Act in areas falling under municipal limits of Srinagar city. He said the Act has already come into force in the state since August 5, 2011.
In her presentation, Dr. Rubina Shaheen, Health Officer, Srinagar Municipal Corporation gave a brief of the different provisions of the Act.