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Minimum six-month jail term proposed by parliamentary panel for those selling adulterated food

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Minimum six-month jail term proposed by parliamentary panel for those selling adulterated food

  • A parliamentary panel has proposed amendments to address the inadequacies in the punishment for selling adulterated food and drinks
  • It also emphasises the severity of health risks associated with such offences.

Adulterated Food or Drinks

  • The panel recommends a minimum imprisonment of six months and a minimum fine of Rs 25,000 for those selling adulterated food or drinks.
  • The existing punishment under this clause is deemed insufficient.

Sale of Noxious Food or Drinks

  • The panel suggests a minimum imprisonment of six months and a minimum fine of Rs 10,000 for the sale of noxious food or drinks.
  • The panel deems the current penalty inadequate.

Community Service as Punishment

  • The introduction of "community service" as a punishment under the proposed Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) is acknowledged as a positive step.
  • The committee views community service as a reformatory approach to reduce the burden on prison infrastructure and enhance prison management.

Community Service Recommendations

  • The committee recommends specifying the term and nature of community service as part of the law.
  • A provision should be included for assigning a person to supervise punishments delivered in the form of community service.

Rectification of Errors

  • The panel notes typographical and grammatical errors in the proposed Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita and urges the Ministry to rectify these errors,
  • It also emphasizing the potential misinterpretation and dilution of the law's intent.

Prelims Takeaway

  • Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita

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