Vijai Sardesai urges Health Minister to expose fish importers' lobby: Goa
The minister had also alleged that some vested interests were trying to protect this lobby, which imports the fish in the coastal state.
A day after Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane alleged that some "vested interests" were trying to protect the fish importers' lobby in the state, his cabinet colleague Vijai Sardesai today urged him to expose such elements.
The move came in the wake of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) raiding the wholesale fish market at Margao on July 12 and seizing the fish, suspected to be laced with formalin, a preservative that causes cancer.
The FDA had initially confirmed the presence of formalin in fish, but later withdrawn its own findings. Rane, who also holds the FDA portfolio in the Manohar Parrikar-led cabinet, had yesterday alleged that those engaged in the business of importing fish into Goa were destroying the lives of the people.
Rane also sought a complete ban on the import or export of fish in the state. "Sometimes strong decisions are required in the interest of the people," he had said.
Incidentally, one of the leading importers of fish in Goa, whose trucks were checked by the FDA during its raid at the wholesale fish market, lives in Fatorda, the constituency represented by Sardesai.
Reacting to Rane's statements, Sardesai, the state Agriculture Minister said, "Vishwajit Rane is an efficient minister in the cabinet and he should expose the vested interests immediately and take action against them."
The issue of formalin-in-fish rocked the state Legislative Assembly with the first two days of the monsoon session being washed out as the opposition Congress created a ruckus in the House.
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