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13 Mar 2018

Maha govt to make adulteration of milk a non-bailable offense

Maharashtra: Milk adulteration to become a non-bailable offense

The Maharashtra Government has decided to come with a law that will make adulteration of milk a non-bailable offense, with a punishment of up to three years in jail.

State food and civil supplies minister Girish Bapat said, if the punishment for milk adulteration was increased to three years, there will be no scope for the accused to get bail.

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Maharashtra: Milk adulteration to become a non-bailable offense
Presently, milk adulteration is a bailable offense

Bailable

Presently, milk adulteration is a bailable offense

Adulteration of milk is currently a bailable offense having a provision of punishment for six months.

Many members in the Legislative House demanded life imprisonment for the accused in such offenses. But, the Minister cited difficulties in enacting a law with the provision of a life sentence.

Bapat said currently there are four mobile vans in the state for testing the contamination of milk.

Adulteration

About 30% milk is adulterated in Maharashtra: Satam

Earlier, Ameet Satam (of the BJP) claimed that about 30% of the milk brought into Mumbai was adulterated.

He also said surprise checks were not being conducted because of the shortage of mobile vans and the staff.

The BJP member had demanded amendments to the existing laws to check the adulteration of milk, medicines, and even food in hotels.

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