Delhi govern­ment: Have limited in­fra­struc­ture for test­ing pes­ti­cides in fruits and veg­eta­bles

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The Delhi govern­ment has told the Delhi High Court that it has limited in­fra­struc­ture in the lab­o­ra­to­ries for test­ing pes­ti­cides in fruits and veg­eta­bles. At the same time, it claims to have chalked out plans to in­form the pub­lic about its side ef­fects.

The Delhi govern­ment sub­mit­ted that cur­rently only 28 va­ri­eties of pes­ti­cides could be tested in its lab­o­ra­to­ries. The city govern­ment in its af­fi­davit sub­mit­ted that a Pes­ti­cide Residue Man­age­ment Cell (PRMC) has been con­sti­tuted un­der the con­trol of the food com­mis­sioner and that it has also trans­lated the in­for­ma­tion in Hindi, Gur­mukhi and Urdu.

Pe­rus­ing the sub­mis­sions by the state govern­ment, the di­vi­sion bench of act­ing Chief Jus­tice BD Ahmed and Jus­tice Sid­dharth Mridul asked the govern­ment to file a sup­ple­men­tary af­fi­davit de­tail­ing the steps it in­tends to take for ex­pand­ing its in­fra­struc­ture.

The court also asked the min­istry of agri­cul­ture to file an af­fi­davit within four weeks re­gard­ing lon­gand short-term mea­sures to min­i­mize the harm and make people aware about the ‘ways and means’ to deal with the sit­u­a­tion. The court di­rected ami­cus cu­riae San­jay Jain to go through the steps taken by the state govern­ment and give his sug­ges­tions on the next date of hear­ing, which is 21 May.

“Prima fa­cie, it ap­pears that some short-term mea­sures have been taken by the NCT govern­ment al­though we find that with re­gard to sam­ple test­ing of fruits and veg­eta­bles on monthly ba­sis, the re­port of the govern­ment is not to our sat­is­fac­tion,” the bench said.

Source: PTI

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