Srinagar: Commissioner Food Safety, Abdul Kabir Dar informed the J&K High Court about the difficulties he was facing while enforcing the Food Safety and Security Act, 2006.
The court had sought commissioner’s presence to come up with suggestions for effectively implementing the act.
The difficulties faced by the commissioner include lack of staff and office space.
“In compliance of the order dated 30.05.2018, the Commissioner of Food Safety is present in person, and has submitted the suggestions and the difficulties which are being faced by him. The aforesaid suggestions are taken on record,” A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice M K Hanjura said.
“Action will be taken against the authorities if the required staff is not provided to food Safety commissioner.”
Additional Advocate General (AAG), Meanwhile M I Dar, submitted that the Chief Secretary shall look into the suggestions and difficulties faced by the Commissioner shall take adequate steps to redress the grievances submitted in the report
On previous hearing, Amicus Curiae, Bashir Ahmed Bashir had said that implementation of the act was a serious issue.
“The government has appointed the Food Safety Commissioner but he is without office. The deficiency of manpower in the department shows the indifference on part of government to implement the act,” Bashir had told the court.
On a previous date, the court had impressed upon all Assistant Commissioners, Food Safety and Standards, as well as Commissioner of Srinagar Municipal Corporation to ensure that samples of food articles are taken and tested forthwith. A follow up action, the court had said, be taken which might be penal as well as preventive.
Subsequently, the government was suggested to furnish the details about district-wise population, district-wise number of recognized scientific food-testing laboratories established by the state along with requisite machinery and equipment; the district-wise number of Food Safety Analysts along with their qualifications and district-wise staff-strength of food-testing laboratories