HC pulls up state for missing facilities for Food Safety Office

HC pulls up state for missing facilities for Food Safety Office
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Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Tuesday pulled the state government for not filing a response since June 4 to its directives on office accommodation to Food Safety Commissioner, recruitment of staff and establishment of legal cell for prosecution of defaulters.
The court while giving one last opportunity to state authorities remarked that it was intolerable that food adulteration issue was taken lightly by authorities. The court directed authorities to file affidavit with a given timeline within ten days and remarked that it will not accept reports without timeline from now on.
Hearing the PIL on Food adulteration, the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe remarked that food adulteration issue was very serious and authorities need to get hooked up for this particular matter.
“Since June, you (Authorities) are still waiting for filing response. What are you doing and how do you work here in Kashmir,” Chief Justice Gita Mittal remarked to state authorities.
Amicus curaie Bashir Ahmed Bashir earlier informed the court that despite several directions from court, nothing has been done on ground. There is no accommodation for Food Safety Commissioner, no recruitments and no legal cell. He said that false promises were made before the court but on ground nothing has been done.
After hearing the counsel he court said, “That pursuant to directions passed by this court and the response filed by respondents is insufficient. Issue with respect to accodomation of food safety commissioner, the authorities have made vague responses. We direct that that this issue be sorted out quickly.”
“Also the issue of establishment of separate legal cell, nothing has been done. Consequently the prosecution is getting adversely affected. We want authorities to inform this court what they have done in this regard,” the court directed.
“We are further informed that recruitment of posts approved by Finance department is still pending with concerned recruitment agency. What has happened to this process, report be filed before this bench,” the court asked.

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