Govt to make adul­ter­ation of milk a se­ri­ous crime

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The gov­ern­ment will amend the Food Safety and Stan­dards Act to make adul­ter­ation of milk and food items a se­ri­ous crime pun­ish­able with a harsh penalty.

Health Min­is­ter Harsh Vard­han told Ra­jya Sabha that his min­istry had de­cided to amend the Act in the light of a re­cent Supreme Court ob­ser­va­tion that had sought ‘ap­pro­pri­ate amend­ments’ in the Act so that ‘such type of crimes could be curbed’. He also ad­mit­ted that adul­ter­ated milk was ad­versely af­fect­ing the health of peo­ple.

The apex court had sug­gested that the crime of adul­ter­ation of milk be made pun­ish­able with life im­pris­on­ment.

Con­sumers can now choose their in­ter­na­tional long-dis­tance op­er­a­tor

Tele­com reg­u­la­tor Trai has fixed the rate payable by in­ter­na­tional long-dis­tance op­er­a­tors (ILDO) to lo­cal op­er­a­tors. Ac­cess charges have been fixed at 40 paise per minute for wire­less ser­vices and Rs 1.20 per minute for wire­line ser­vices. Ac­cess charges for ISDs are paid by ILDOs to lo­cal play­ers.

Un­der the cur­rent regime, a con­sumer does not en­joy the op­tion of choos­ing their ILDO and is de­pen­dent on ac­cess providers. Un­der the new reg­u­la­tion, cus­tomers can buy call­ing cards from any ILDO and get the ad­van­tage of com­pe­ti­tion.

Hos­pi­tal to pay Rs 20 lakh to girl who lost right arm

The Supreme Court has or­dered a com­pen­sa­tion of Rs 20 lakh to the par­ents of a girl whose right arm was am­pu­tated due to neg­li­gence in a Ban­ga­lore hos­pi­tal where she was un­der treat­ment for pneu­mo­nia. She was two when the in­ci­dent took place in Ma­ni­pal Hos­pi­tal in Au­gust 2002. While ad­min­is­ter­ing in­tra­venous fluid to her in the in­ten­sive care unit, the nee­dle was wrongly in­serted into the artery in­stead of the vein, block­ing blood sup­ply to the fore­arm. This re­sulted in gan­grene and even­tu­ally the am­pu­ta­tion.

A bench of jus­tices MY Eqbal and Arun Mishra said: “Although the suf­fer­ings, agony and pain which the girl child will carry can­not be com­pen­sated in terms of money, in our view a com­pen­sa­tion of Rs 20 lakh will be just and rea­son­able.”

The Kar­nataka State Con­sumer Dis­putes Re­dres­sal Com­mis­sion had awarded Rs 5 lakh and the Na­tional Com­mis­sion con­firmed the sum. The par­ents, Al­fred Bend­dict and wife, then moved the Supreme Court.

Cur­rent set-up not fully able to ad­dress con­sumer griev­ances

Gov­ern­ment is con­sid­er­ing a pro­posal to make the three-tier con­sumer re­dres­sal mech­a­nism an ‘au­thor­ity’ as the cur­rent set-up has not been fully able to ad­dress con­sumer griev­ances.

Food and Con­sumer Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ram Vi­las Paswan in­formed Lok Sabha that many com­plaints lodged in con­sumer fora – dis­trict fora, state com­mis­sions and Na­tional Dis­putes Re­dres­sal Com­mis­sion – con­tin­ued to drag for years with­out any out­come.

The Min­is­ter said the gov­ern­ment would ap­point the mem­bers of the pro­posed con­sumer au­thor­ity through State Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion at state level and through Union Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion at na­tional level.

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