Dr PR Katwal, chief medical officer, says instructions have been issued to the field staff of the department and food inspectors concerned to conduct raids on premises that have had the history of selling adulterated items.
Katwal said no one would be allowed to sell adulterated items and guilty would be punished under the law of land.He said the department would also keep a check on the arrival of cheese, khoya and sweets from markets of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. Traders import these items from outside the state and then sell them here at higher rates.
The department of weights and measures has also taken up steps to stop fleecing of customers by sweetmeat traders by selling the sweets by weighing them along with the containers that was against rules and regulations.
Nasib Singh, local inspector of the department, said he had already started checking shops in all parts of the district and had also warned them not to overcharge and weigh the sweets along with the containers failing which they would be challaned.There are reports that Hamirpur deputy commissioner Ashish Singhmar has also told the officers/officials dealing in foodgrain and sweets to be cautious during the festival season and ensure that no one takes law into his/her hands.
He has told them to conduct regular checks and submit detailed reports to him.
Meanwhile, president of the district consumer's protection organisation Sushil Sharma has asked the district authorities to ensure that there was no overcharging. He said as per reports the shopkeepers had already increased the prices of almost all and there was no check by the authorities concerned.
He said since it was a serious matter, the district administration should take a note of it and regulate the prices of various items.