Panjim, Sept 26 (GCNews) Congress in Goa has demanded for an investigation by Central Bureau of Investigation or a Judicial inquiry into formalin in fish issue. The party all reiterated its demand to ban the sale of fish in the state until the scare of formalin is eradicated with conclusive proof of no presence of the harmful substances in the fish sold in Goa.
In a statement to GoaChronicle.com, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Girish Chodankar said,”We once again reiterate our stand of our demand to ban the import of fish till safety measures are in place so that Goans can enjoy local fish for which over hundreds of crores of rupees subsidies is spent from the taxpayers money. We strongly demand investigation by CBI/Judicial as life of lakhs of people is in danger with corruption involving at least two Cabinet ministers and number of top government officials.”
The Congress leader alleged that State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had failed to convince the people of Goa, on the safe handling and storage of fish for human consumption, as he ‘remained silent’ on the mode of transportation of imported fish.
“Whether it is transported in reefer container maintaining a temperature of -20 degrees to -26 degrees centigrade which is required for the fish to remain without any bacterial growth or any other micro-organism activities needed for human consumption as the same is being imported from other states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat etc. which takes at least 10 – 15 days from seatime, and, including transportation time to final destination without using any toxic and poisonous chemicals like formalin,” Chodankar said.
Rane had time and again along with his Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Director tried to invalidate the very first report released to the public on it’s maiden raid/check by an upright and honest officer who is being targeted, harassed and mentally tortured for her honest and sincere obligations to her duties, the Goa Congress Chief alleged.