Stakeholders decry proposed merger of DoFTQC
KATHMANDU, JUNE 7
Stakeholders have raised concern towards the federal government’s choice of forming Food and Drug Administration (FDA) beneath the Ministry of Health and Population by incorporating Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DoFTQC).
Speaking at a programme organised in the present day to have a good time the 12th National Food Safety Day and second World Food Safety Day stakeholders accused the federal government of performing towards DoFTQC to learn sure individuals with vested curiosity.
Subas Bhandari, president of Nepal Bottled Water Industries Association stated the federal government took the biased choice for the good thing about few individuals. “Rather than forming FDA and merging DoFTQC beneath the well being ministry the federal government ought to have taken choice to ascertain it as an autonomous physique,” he stated.
He added that DoFTQC has been working for a very long time for meals high quality management in addition to analysis and growth within the fields of meals science and expertise and diet assist program.
Formation of FDA will kill the essence of DoFTQC, he added.
Prem Lal Maharjan, president of Forum for Protection of Consumer Rights stated, amidst rising variety of COVID-19 instances the federal government ought to consider meals security and meals availability as a substitute of specializing in forming new organisations. He harassed that the federal government has strengthen DoFTQC to make sure and improve the standard and security of meals and feed merchandise within the nation.
“DoFTQC needs to be established as an autonomous physique as a substitute of merging it beneath an entity,” he stated requesting the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) to maintain DoFTQC intact to safeguard and defend the well being of customers by guaranteeing protected and nutritious meals.
Matina Joshi Vaidya, director basic at DoFTQC assured that the division is not going to be merged with FDA beneath the well being ministry.
“The authorities can’t implement such choice with out holding any dialogue with involved stakeholders.
DoFTQC and MoALD are working to forestall the federal government from implementing it,” she added.
On May 15, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari had introduced to type FDA by incorporating DoFTQC whereas saying coverage and programmes for the following fiscal yr. MoALD Secretary Rajendra Prasad Bhari stated the ministry was unaware concerning the merger programme.
“However, the ministry was not knowledgeable and there was no dialogue earlier than the announcement of FDA,” he stated, including, “MoALD has been holding dialogue with involved authorities. Hopefully it will likely be resolved quickly.”
A model of this text seems in e-paper on June 8, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.