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FSSA impractical; don't expect changes even after February: VTA's Renu
Monday, 06 August, 2012, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
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Tejinder Singh Renu, secretary, Vidarbha Taxpayers' Association (VTA) and Nagpur Residential Hotels Association (NRHA), feels that the six-month extension granted to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India's deadline to obtain licenses under the Food Safety & Standards Regulations, 2011, is a mere lull before the storm that will hit all those directly or indirectly engaged in the food and beverage industry in 2013.

“I don't think these regulations are practical, and because of the lackadaisical attitude of both parties – the policy-makers and the stakeholders – the movement is losing steam. Barring a few pockets of the country, such as Madhya Pradesh (notably Ratlam), Nagpur and Tamil Nadu, which have been very aggressive in their campaign, no one has been coming forward,” he said.

“It would be naïve on our part to expect drastic changes even after February 5, 2013, when the extended period lapses. As I have been saying for a long time, corruption is rampant across the length and breadth of the country, and will only increase, because we are all responsible for encouraging it,” Renu said.

Renu, who received an unsatisfactory response to his RTI query about stakeholders' suggestions and objections to the Act, mentioned that his “last resort” was to approach Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari, which he did recently. Gadkari invited him to New Delhi, and Renu requested him for an appointment with his party colleague and lawyer Arun Jaitley.
 
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