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Maha govt to make adulteration of milk a non-bailable offence

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The government may bring in a lawto make the adulteration of a non-bailable offence, with a punishment of up to three years in jail.

and civil supplies said in the that if the punishment for adulteration was increased to three years, there will be no scope for the accused to get

He was speaking in the after Ameet Satam (of the BJP) and others raised the issue through a Calling Attention notice.

Bapat said at present, the adulteration of is a bailable offence having a provision of punishment for six months.

"If the imprisonment period is increased to three years, there will be no scope of for the accused," he said, adding that the government will soon enact a to this effect.

Many members in the House demanded life imprisonment for the accused in such offences. But, the cited difficulties in enacting a with the provision of life sentence.

Bapat saidcurrently there are four mobile vans in the state for testing the adulteration of milk, and admitted that the tests was not conducted regularly.

He, however, assured that the authorities concerned would be asked to carry out regular tests.

"The mobile vans would conduct tests more frequently on the milk carried in vans entering andsome other parts of the state," the said.

Earlier, Satam claimed that about30 per cent of the milk brought into was adulterated.

He said surprise checks were not being conducted because of the shortage of mobile vans and the staff.

The member demanded amendments to the existing laws to check the adulteration ofmilk, medicines, and in hotels.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 12:35 IST