Rajasthan High Court has directed the principal secretary of general administration department (GAD) to be present in the court on May 25 for its failure to comply with the provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act 2006.
The division bench of Justice Ajay Rastogi and Justice DC Somani while hearing a petition on food adulteration said even after five years and after the cout taking cognizance for constituting Food Safety Appellate Tribunal, still the tribunal has not been constituted so far, which may discharge its obligation provided under the Act 2006.
The court said affidavits after affidavits have been filed by the government to justify its doing enough but the ground reality is that there is no infrastructure and logistic available for the tribunal to function. The court said unless the tribunal is constituted and starts functioning, no effective mechanism can be adopted in taking note of the restrictions which are imposed under the Act 2006. “We have already referred to four affidavits filed by the government one after another through AAG Dharamveer Tholia for providing staff by adopting ad hocism and transfer from other departments on deputation and the correspondence made in providing accommodation to them, but the ground reality today is that there is no adequate space provided by the government where the tribunal could start functioning.
The court said, “Before we proceed with the matter and pass further orders, let the principal secretary to appear before the court on May 25 along with the accommodations available at his disposal so far.