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Supreme Court orders to testing pesticides

Kathmandu, 11 July: The Supreme Court has issued an interlocutory order not to implement the government’s decision of importing vegetables and fruits from India without testing pesticides on them.

The single bench of Justice Anandamohan Bhattarai issued the order on the first hearing on one among three writ petitions filed at the Supreme Court against the government for repealing its earlier decision to conduct pesticides tests in vegetables and fruits imported from India.

The apex court of the country has summoned all concerned sides of those three petitioners on July 15 with necessary papers revealing the pesticide testing on vegetables and fruits at the border before importing them from India.

Furthermore, SC ordered not to implement the government’s decision taken on July 3 to import vegetables and fruits from India without testing certain level of concentration in those food items until the case was sub judice.

Consumer rights activist Jyoti Baniya, advocates Swagat Nepal, Narayan Prasad Dawadi and Kanchan Krishna Neupane had filed separate writ petition against the government’s decision to withdraw testing pesticides in fruits and vegetables imported from India.

The petition demanded that the government manage pesticide testing in fruits and vegetables imported from India, reasoning that pesticide-laced vegetables and fruits would have adverse health impact on the people and pregnant women in particular in the long run.

‘The government’s withdrawal of the pesticide test is against the people’s fundamental right to health’, read the petition.

People’s News Monitoring Service

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