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.
- Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita