srinagar: A compliance report has been filed by the state government before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court stating that 1,457 food articles have been tested from April1 to 30 November, 2017.
In Jammu division, 1,221 samples have been collected and tested. Of these, 138 samples were found to be in contravention of the Food Safety and Standards Regulations (labeling and packaging), 2011.
The report states that 56 cases have been prosecuted out of which six cases have been decided by the Adjudicating Officer and an amount of Rs 18,000 has been imposed as fine.
Similarly, in Kashmir division, 876 samples have been collected of which 682 samples were tested in which 98 samples were found contravening the 2011 regulations. So far, 15 cases have been prosecuted and one case has been decided by the adjudicating officer with the imposition of a fine of Rs 5,000.
The report further states that 20 posts have been created for the Appellate Food Tribunals at Srinagar and Jammu and have already been referred to the J&K Service Selection Board.
The court while going through the compliance report has directed the state government to implement the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006, and has further passed direction to carry out the food-testing drive across the state.
Meanwhile, according to the compliance report, the kitchen which was used by police personnel at the Dalgate Food Lab has been closed, but the police are yet to vacate the lab building.
The court has directed the Director General of Police to ensure that the building was vacated within 10 days.
The report also stated that Health and Medical Education department, by way of an interim arrangement order dated 11 December, 2017, has requested the General Administration Department to provide staff to Appellate Food Tribunals on deputation basis, including junior scale stenographer, computer operator, driver, junior assistant, orderly and dispatch reader.
The court has considered the request and directed the Commissioner Secretary to the government to provide the requisite staff within 10 days by way of an interim arrangement.