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Govt orders FIR in pesticide scam

Govt orders FIR in pesticide scam

Kulwinder Sandhu

Tribune News Service

Moga, April 9

Taking notice of the news report, “Punjab smells fake pesticide sale scam”, published in The Tribune on Tuesday, the state government has asked District Magistrate Sandeep Hans to register an FIR under Section 420 of the IPC, Sections 3K-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 13, read with rule 10(4), 17, 18, 29 and 33, of the Insecticides Act, 1968, and Sections 19 and 20 of the Insecticides Rules at a local police station.

The District Magistrate has been asked to issue directions to the police (investigating agency) to find out all the firms and individuals who were involved in the manufacturing and sale of fake pesticides in the state and take appropriate legal action against them.

Secretary of the Agriculture Department Dr Kahan Singh Pannu has also asked the Director of the department Dr Swattantar Kumar Aery to constitute teams of senior officials and check all the pesticide manufacturing units, marketing companies and dealers across the state and collect samples of the pesticides for laboratory tests.

Pannu said the Punjab government would not allow anyone to sell spurious seeds, fertilisers and pesticides. “I have asked the Director of the Agriculture Department and all District Magistrates to check the manufacturing units and dealers across the state and take stern legal action against those found cheating the farmers by means of unfair trade practices.”

A scam of manufacturing and selling spurious/counterfeit products of Bayer Crop Science Limited has come to light in the Moga district. Officials of the state Agriculture Department seized a few bottles of “Fame”, a pesticide, marketed by the Bayer Company. The laboratory tests had confirmed that the product was spurious. The pesticide was being manufactured at Saraswati Agro Chemicals India Private Limited, Dera Bassi (Punjab). The department has also issued a show-cause notice to the company, but the reply is awaited.

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