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Food Safety Act: Traders are facing difficulties in getting license

Chandigarh: As mandatory in the Food Safety Act to obtain license, Chandigarh Trade Association had requested the administration to extend the last date of submission for licence by three months. But the administration has not cleared its stand on the same.

It is to be noted that in case of not having the license, there is a provision of seven year imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 5 Lac.

The traders are in panic. There are around fifty thousand traders in the city and issuance of licence in such a short period is next to impossible.

As per the Food Safety Act, it is necessary to have license but traders are facing lot of problem in getting the license.  Even though Saturday was a holiday, but after the instruction from administration the Sector 22 situated Community Health Center was open to issue licenses to traders.

Market Association President Naresh Pradhan said, “The traders start making queues as early as 6 am in the morning, but because of the absence of staffs, their turn come after long wait. The traders are facing lot of difficulties due to this.”

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The Expert’s Thought: Government and the competent authorities should set up a mechanism where the license delivery system would be simple and easy thus causing less chaos among seekers.

One Response to “Food Safety Act: Traders are facing difficulties in getting license”

  • First of all The Aministration should arrange the wareness trainings for the traders for Food Safety Act objectives and importance. For which they can use the independent Food safety consultants Services.Also they should hire more Food Safety Control Department’s staff.

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