Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that adulteration is a major crime. There have been reports of adulteration of food and medicines, even in plasma used to treat Corona infection, and in the Corona vaccine. Can there be a bigger crime than this? This is playing with the lives of people. This will not be allowed to happen in Madhya Pradesh at any cost. For this also, ordinance has been approved in the Cabinet meeting.
Sections 272, 273, 274, 275 and 276 of the Indian Penal Code have been amended to replace 6 months imprisonment and fine up to Rs one thousand with life imprisonment and fine. The adulterator will be punished with life imprisonment. In this ordinance, the person resorting to adulteration while manufacturing will be punished. The trader will not be punished. The owner of the factory where the commodity is being manufactured will be punished and will not be spared at any cost. The accused will spent his entire life in jail. 273 (K) has been added to the new Section in which there is provision of five year imprisonment and fine of Rs one lakh or both on sale of food items of expiry date. In the battle going on against adulteration, this law will become a very strong medium to stop adulteration.