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Maharashtra proposes three-year jail for milk adulteration

IANS  |  Mumbai 

plans to make the menace of adulteration a non-bailable offence, attracting a punishment of up to three-year jail, and said here on Tuesday.

At present, adulteration is a bailable offence with just a six-month imprisonment, which the now plans to change.

Responding to the issue raised through a calling attention notice by member Ameet Satam, informed the assembly that if the punishment is raised to three years, there would be no scope for the accused to get enlarged on

Several other members demanded a life-term for such offences, but the said there could be difficulties in enacting a law with a life sentence for the offenders.

added that currently, the state has only four mobile vans to test adulteration and that too is not being done on a regular basis.

However, he assured the House that he would instruct the departments concerned to conduct checks on a regular basis.

"These van would conduct tests more frequently on the milk being carried in vans entering and other parts of the state," Bapat assured.

According to Satam, around 30 per cent of the milk brought into is adulterated, posing serious health and safety hazards.

He said regular or surprise checks are not being carried out owing to a shortage of both vans and staff, and demanded amendments to the existing laws to curb adulteration of milk, medicines and served in hotels.



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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 16:34 IST