New Delhi: Following reports of fruits and
vegetables injected with chemicals being sold in markets,
Government has directed concerned officials to carry out a
check on food items being served inside the Parliament.
"The government yesterday passed an order that
whatever food is being served in the Parliament, their samples
would be taken and checked on regular basis by food inspectors
so that Parliamentarians don`t get adulterated food," Congress
MP Rajiv Shukla told reporters here.
He said the government has also agreed on his proposal
to increase punishment that can be awarded to people indulging
in such malpractices from six month jail term and Rs 1,000
fine to life imprisonment and Rs 10 lakh fine.
Asked if the government would come out with a
legislation on the matter, he said a go ahead has been given
and the Health Ministry will soon issue an administrative
order in this regard.
On measures taken to check adulteration in food items
of common citizens, Shukla said, "we have asked to increase
the number of laboratories for checking food samples and it is
also the duty of citizens to get their food items checked for