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Punjab to propose law for harsher penalty for food adulteration

"The government would introduce a bill in next assembly session to check the food adulteration in the state with severer punishments for the people indulging in food adulteration," said Parkash Singh Badal, the chief minister of Punjab

punjab Updated: Jan 31, 2014 21:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said that government would soon come up with a law mandating harsher punishment for food adulteration.

"The government will soon introduce a bill in next assembly session to check food adulteration in the state. We propose harsher and severe punishments for people taking to food adulteration for making easy money," he said.

The CM was in Muktsar to attend a sangat darshan programme.

He inaugurated development projects worth Rs 15-crore and also laid the foundation stone of another
Rs 78-crore district jail.

Terming the move of the union government to increase the number of subsidised gas cylinders from
9-12, a political stunt ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the CM said, "The Congress-led UPA first imposed a limit and now aiming at Lok sabha polls, it has now increased it to be fool the people. I do not think the voters will get swayed."

The chief minister described the admission of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar's mercy plea by the apex court a welcome step.

The chief minister also said that there was hardly any need for the further inquiries into the 1984
anti-Sikh riots as several earlier inquiries had indicted the Congress leaders for their dubious role.

"Another probe will further delay justice and aggravate the woes of the victims."

He added that Muktsar would be developed on modern lines and announced that the government will soon set up a toll-free number, where residents can get inform the police on any drug peddling activity in their area.

CM says sangat darshans a non-political platform

Even as the chief minister inaugurated the municipal council building, sewerage treatment plant and a water works project and also attended a sangat darshan, he declared: "My purpose in holding the sangat darshans is non-political. I want to solve your problems on the spot. I also try and bring the officers concerned with me, even from Chandigarh."

However, contradicting himself almost immediately, he launched a dig at the centre. "Not everybody can do the job of a prime minister as it needs vast experience. One who has no experience can cause an accident, just like an inexperienced bus driver." (in apparent reference to Rahul Gandhi, without naming him).

People gathered in numbers at ward number 17 and 13 here.

"The government has allocated Rs 4.5 crore for the roads in the city. The roads which have already sewerage system would be built first and which needs to be dug up to lay the sewerage will be built later. For the sewerage work, we have received an estimate of Rs 56 crore."

On the demand for dharamshalas and gyms, he claimed that he would grant all demands, if he could find land for the same.

First Published: Jan 31, 2014 19:37 IST