August 14, 2015 4:01:14 am
Hailing the court order on Maggi noodles as “good for the nation”, Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said on Thursday that “Inspector Raj” should end.
“I am sure it (the court order) is what is good for the nation and good for the people. I have always maintained that there needs to be a totally transparent and clear-cut protocol which the industry should know it has to follow,” said Badal. “I hope some clarity will come after the order,” she said.
“I have received so many representations from the industry seeking clear-cut guidelines so that the scope for harassment is eliminated. We need to reassure all stakeholders that we have their best interests at heart. Inspector Raj cannot be in anybody’s interest,” she said.
Asked if she would request Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan not to pursue a class action suit against Nestle India in the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, she said, “I cannot tell him what action he should take, but hope that whatever is done is aimed at sending the right signal to the industry.”
Badal had maintained that the action on Maggi noodles had created an environment of fear in the industry. “Without mentioning the big elephant in the room, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), I would say that a lot needs to be done to remove the recent roadblocks or, I would say, fear psychosis in the industry,” she had said.
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