THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Vigilance and anti-corruption bureau director Jacob Thomas visited the food safety commissionerate as part of understanding anomalies in issuing of food safety licenses.
Jacob Thomas said that his visit was as part of the formulation of creation and implementation of creative vigilance, that he has envisioned while taking charge as vigilance director. “The visit was a part of creative vigilance strategy which is a basket of measures and methods,” Jacob Thomas said.
He held discussions with food safety commissioner G R Gokul and other officials. He also sought the details of the licenses that were cancelled by food safety commissioner in the last three years. The vigilance had received complaints in 2012, 13 and 14 alleging anomalies in issuance of food safety licenses. While the complaint received in 2012 stands closed, the two other complaints are pending with the agency.
It is reliable learnt that Jacob Thomas also sought details of the actions implemented in the food safety commissioner’s office. While Biju Prabhakar was food safety commissioner, he had sent a detailed letter to the vigilance about the issues to be addressed in the department. On the basis of the letter, Jacob Thomas, who was then in the vigilance, had sent a detailed proposal to the government to be implemented in the food safety sector. His visit on Wednesday was also part of inspecting the steps that have been implemented on the basis of his recommendations.