HC slams govt for not appointing Food Safety commissioner

HC slams govt for not appointing Food Safety commissioner
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SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday pulled up the state government for delaying the appointment of the Commissioner, Food Safety Tribunal.
The court directed the state authorities to inform court within four weeks whether the appointment has taken place or not. In case the appointment is not made this time, the court is bound to take stricter action.
The state counsel, M I Dar, submitted before court that an interim arrangement for the post of commissioner has been made and “we are on toes to appoint full-fledged commissioner”.
The division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey said that “the reason given by the state is not acceptable behind the delay of the appointment”.
“Posting of Food Safety Commissioner still appears to be a distant dream. For the last eight months, nothing has been done except creation of post of commissioner,” the court said.
The court granted three weeks further time to the authorities to take all necessary steps for filling up posts with necessary strength.
For making food-testing laboratories fully operational, the court was informed that the laboratories have been equipped with the required machinery and necessary equipment has also been installed in the labs.
For checking food vendors, Assistant Commissioner Food, Srinagar, who was present before court, submitted that a special squad has been constituted and action has been initiated against the unit holders, shopkeepers as also vendors, for preparing and selling adulterated and unhygienic food.
“The squad is facing certain security concerns during checking as they are being attacked by the offenders,” said the Assistant Commissioner.
The court directed the SSPs of the districts concerned to provide all assistance from their police lines wherever protection is required. Further, the court directed a copy of the order to be sent to all SSPs for compliance.