BENGALURU: The state government has decided to bring amendments to the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, adding more teeth to the penal sections of the legislation, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said here on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters, he said, “The Centre had proposed to bring changes to the existing Act and had sent a draft note to all the state governments on the issue.” “A serious thought is being given to award capital punishment to those guilty of the offence,” he said
Stating that legal experts are studying the draft note sent by the Centre on the proposed amendments, he said, “We also have plans to enact our own law based on the Central Act.”
Jayachandra further said that his department is awaiting a report from the Water Resources Department on a proposal to bring a legislation to check encroachment of river banks and beds across the state.
Jayachandra, who also holds the Animal Husbandry portfolio, said that the state government has dropped the proposal to launch ‘Dhanvanthari’, a free ambulance service to transport ailing animals to polyclinics for treatments. “The idea was dropped as no agency came forward to provide the service.”
The minister, however said that the GVK group, which operates the 108 free ambulance service, has shown inclination to provide the veterinary ambulance service.
Referring to the Yettinahole project, he said, “The government is committed to going ahead with the project and commissioning it without any delay.”