News on Adulterated Milk

Consumer body draws plan to curb adulteration

Wednesday, 19/04/2017

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/consumer-body-draws-plan-to-curb-adulteration/articleshow/58249722.cms

NAGPUR: In a bid to check adulteration of milk which is one of the major causes of health problems, especially among children, the Consumer Guidance Society of India (CGSI) has plans to introduce a machine that will effectively help curb malpractices. This was disclosed at a seminar organized by CGSI at the district collectorate, Civil Lines, on Tuesday.

As part of this initiative, Maharashtra minister for consumer protection Girish Bapat has asked the authorities concerned to expand the functioning of CGSI and provide benefits to people even at the tehsil level. This state government body works to ensure welfare of consumers.

Speaking at the seminar, Rajeev Kakde, an official of the legal wing of CGSI, said that adulteration is most prevalent violation of consumer rights that often leads to health issues. Milk is consumed by a majority of the population and children are more vulnerable to the diseases arising out of adulteration. Therefore, CGSI has come up with a machine that will test the purity of milk samples and determine whether it is consumable or not, Kakde said. Such machines will be introduced at every tehsil to keep a tab on adulteration, he added.

In his address, MS Kamath, secretary of CGSI said, "It is an irony that despite having been armed with laws to curb adulteration, consumers continue to fall prey to misleading advertisements and face health hazards. Surprising is the fact that the government machinery entrusted with the responsibility of stopping such practices hardly acts."

Praful Pawar, of CGSI, spoke about the way consumers are tricked into fake financial schemes and policies. For this to stop, he highlighted the benefits of digitisation and promotion of cashless economy.

He also explained the various platforms which enable cashless transactions such as cards, online wallets, netbanking and UPI.

Pawar explained the various aspects of financial planning such as mutual and provident funds. The CGSI will organize camps aimed at achieving more financial literacy that would help consumers take correct decisions and reduce the risk of frauds, he added.

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