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Those trying to play with people’s health will not be spared at any cost: Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati said that those trying to play with people’s health would not be spared at any cost. She said that strict action should be initiated against those persons who were found guilty of adulteration after examination of their
samples. She said that if the incidents of adultery were reported from any particular area then action should be initiated against the field level officer of that area.
Ms. Mayawati was reviewing the works of Food and Drug Administration Department at a high-level meeting held at her official residence here today. She said that she had set up separate Food and Drug Administration Department to check adulteration in edible articles and drugs. She said that the hurdles coming in way of taking action against the adulterators at the field level should be removed immediately. Besides, she also directed the officers to fill the vacancies, so that the functioning of the department could be bettered and made effective. She also directed to upgrade the labs, so that the samples could be examined quickly.

The Chief Minister said that there was a need to launch an awareness drive to prevent production and selling of below standard/spurious drugs to save the lives of the people in the State. Larger participation of the people should be ensured in this drive, she added. She said that the Government was committed to stop the incidents of adultery in food and drugs in the State. She said that the task force, formed to check the activities of the organised criminals/mafias indulging in the adulteration of food articles and drugs, should be made effective immediately and all the officers/ employees should be posted in it. She said that the examination of the collected samples of the edible articles should be carried out quickly, so that cases against the criminals indulging in adultery could be filed in the courts.

During the meeting, the officers apprised the Chief Minister of the action taken against the guilty persons and the drive launched for prevention of adulteration in drugs. They said that raids were conducted in several districts of the State in the month of June. During the raids, cases were lodged against 22 persons in the concerning police stations and 18 persons were arrested on the spot. Medicines for Government supply more than worth Rs. 89 lakh
“physician sample not for sale” were confiscated. Action for registering cases was being taken against the guilty persons/firms after proper investigation. During the meeting, it was told that food inspectors had made 88,904 inspections in the year of 2010, so far from the month of January to prevent adulteration in food items. During this period, 7075 raids were conducted and 7392 samples were sent for checking of adulteration, 1406 cases were filed in the court regarding adulterated samples. Imprisonment punishment was given by the Court to 208 persons and penalty worth Rs. 3,51,120 was slapped. FIR was lodged in the offence of 112 serious cases of adulteration and items worth Rs. 97,63,131 were confiscated.

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