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Ram Vilas Paswan calls for setting up single authority for food sector

By Religare

There is a need to constitute a single co-ordinated body to look into many overlapping issues and expedite issuance of clearances from various ministries and government departments in the food sector, union minister for food and consumer affairs, Ram Vilas Paswan said at an ASSOCHAM event today.

"We will write to each and every department and also to the Prime Minister that we need to seriously look into such issues being raised by the industry," said Paswan while inaugurating 'FMCG Summit-Issues & opportunities,' organised by the ASSOCHAM.


He also said that there should be a time-bound redressal to the industries' grievances. Besides, he also advocated the use of modern technologies and innovations in the food sector as per the changing times.

Speaking over Maggie row, he said that he was very concerned as we want to develop the industry but at the same time we do not want anything to go against the consumers.

"It is all about credibility and public perception which if gets dented even once then it becomes difficult to control it," he added.

He also said that Union Cabinet has given its approval for amendments in the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 as there is a world of difference between today's consumer and the consumer that was 29 years ago.

Story first published: Thursday, August 6, 2015, 23:00 [IST]
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