NEW DELHI: The changes proposed to Food Safety and Standards Act by
the previous UPA Government was set aside by the NDA Government, which
said fresh amendments would be brought in after further consultations.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday.
UPA Government had proposed amendments to the Act to expand the
composition of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.“The
Cabinet gave its approval for withdrawing the Food Safety and Standards
(Amendment) Bill, 2014, as introduced in the Rajya Sabha on 19.02.2014,”
an official statement said.
The Food Safety and Standards
(Amendment) Bill, 2014, needs to be further amended after taking into
account the judgments of the Supreme Court, Lucknow Bench of the
Allahabad High Court and representations received by the government and
other recent developments, it said.“Based on further examination, a
fresh set of amendments will be finalised by the Ministry of Health and
Family Welfare,” the statement said.
The government also decided
to adopt global convention of International Maritime Organisation to
help sea vessels from India undertake international shipping activities
without contacting other countries.
The amendments to the Merchant
Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2013, aimed at acceding to the Anti Fouling
Systems (AFS) Convention 2001 of the International Maritime Organisation
(IMO), were also approved by the Union Cabinet. These amendments now
require the clearance of Parliament.The approval of the amendments
would enable all Indian flag sea-going vessels having 400 gross tonnage
or more to engage in international shipping activities without
contacting other governments, who have ratified the convention for such
certificates, after getting an International Anti-Fouling System
There are no financial implications involved, a
government release said after the Cabinet meeting. “Further, India will
be able to ensure that all foreign flag vessels entering Indian
territorial waters or exclusive economic zone are duly certified in
accordance with the requirement of the AFS Convention 2001,” it said.