MP Congress accuses BJP of shielding food adulterator

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State Congress media head Shobha Ohja alleged that the Union government was trying to save a food adulterator as he had close ties with the party

Madhya Pradesh Congress has accused the opposition BJP of sheltering food adulterators who in the past have been detained and convicted under the National Security Act and the Food Safety and Standards Act. The accusations come in the background of the Union Home Ministry’s decision to revoke NSA proceedings against one Kirti Vardhan Kelkhar of Ujjain.

"The Union Home Ministry has revoked National Security Act proceedings that were initiated against Karti Vardhan after he was caught producing adulterated ghee," Congress national spokesman Abhay Dubey said while sighting the Union Home Ministry order dated October 10, 2019.

"The state government had initiated NSA proceeding against Kelkar after laboratory tests of the ghee seized from him confirmed adulteration. The state government while initiating NSA proceedings against him kept his past history in mind where it was found that he had been charged and convicted under the NSA during the previous BJP regime as well. The NSA proceeding was not initiated in haste and similar action has been initiated against 30 other such repeat offenders," Dubey said while stressing the government’s commitment to zero tolerance towards food adulterators.

 

State Congress media head Shobha Ojha alleged that the Union government was trying to save Kelkar as he had close ties with the party. "While on the one hand, we are taking serious action against food adulterators as it impacts the lives of common people, on the other hand, the BJP is trying to shelter known and repeat offenders. And they are doing so because they are part of the caucus that was destroying the lives of people across the state for the past many years," Shobha Ojha alleged.

The Congress party has claimed that as a part of its "shudh ke liye yudh" (war for the pure) campaign has registered FIRs against 89 adulterators of whom 31 have been booked under NSA and sent to jail. The party has also claimed that its government has taken 7,425 food samples for examination ever since the campaign was launched on July 19, 2019.

 

The Food and Drugs Department has got reports of 2,147 seized samples out of which 666 were found to be below standard, 163 were found to be fake 40 were found to be adulterated, 36 were found to be dangerous for human health while 30 were found to contain banned substances, the Congress party in a release claimed.

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