Health minister Surendra Singh Negi said on Wednesday the state would consider all legal aspects before lifting the ban on Nestle’s instant noodles, Maggi.
“If others (states) are lifting the ban on Maggi, that doesn’t mean we too would lift the ban,” he told reporters at a press conference on the assembly premises on Wednesday.
He said tests found no lead content in Maggi samples taken from the state, but they reported high content of mono-sodium glutamate (a flavour enhancer). So legal issues have to be considered, he said.
Regarding anomalies in the Mukhyamantri Swasthya Beema Yojana, he said 8 lakh cards had been distributed to beneficiaries. However, the process of making new cards has been on hold due to a technical problem in the software. He said if a beneficiary is registered, he or she can avail of benefits just by showing a voter’s identity card.
An estimated 22 lakh BPL families live in Uttarakhand, of which nearly 4 lakh have been provided health cover through Rashtriya Swasthya Beema Yojna. Negi said the government is also keen to keep a check on private hospitals and clinics through the Clinical Establishments Act.
The minister said directions have been issued to carry out special sampling drives in all districts against food adulteration.