Maha Govt moots life imprisonment for food adulteration
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 00:24
  
Mumbai: Concerned over the adverse impact on public health due to adulteration in food items, Maharashtra cabinet today approved a proposal to make such offences punishable by awarding life imprisonment.

The decision was taken at a state cabinet meeting here today and the proposal would be sent to the governor and the Central Government for issuing a notification, an official from the CMO said.

The government would amend Indian Penal Code sections 272, 273, 274, 275 and 276 to include life imprisonment for adulteration, the official said.

Concerned about the impact on public health due to adulteration in food items, medicines and soft drinks, government has increased the quantum of punishment, he said.

States like West Bengal, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh have already provided for life imprisonment and fine by consulting the Centre. The state government is also planning to request the Centre for including provision for fine, the official said.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 00:24


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