Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that the government has decided to put in place a mechanism of Quality Council of India for testing fish in the state while claiming that fish in Goa is safe and there is no formalin issue in the state.
Sawant has also advised the Congress party not to politicise the formalin issue, as the government authorities are on the job of testing fish imported from the neighbouring states at the state borders as well as in the market.
The Chief Minister Monday held a meeting with Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar, the director of Food and Drugs Administration, the director of fisheries department and other concerned officials at his official residence and reviewed the issue in detail.
He told the media that there is no need to panic over formalin fish issue, as there is no such situation in the state.
“I have taken a review of the whole issue in the meeting. The government is checking fish coming from outside the state at the borders – Patradevi in North Goa and Pollem in South Goa. Besides, the FDA officials have been randomly testing fish at the market. We have reports on a daily basis,” he said.
The Chief Minister said that the government is committed to providing safe fish to the people of Goa. He said that in order to clear doubt from the minds of the people, he will put in place a fish-testing mechanism of the Quality Council of India soon.
“Congress must stop misguiding people with unnecessary claims and unauthorised reports on formalin fish and avoid creating panic among Goans,” he said. The Chief Minister also said that he will be clearing a file pertaining to laboratory of Quality Council of India in the next two days.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has also criticised Congress party for creating an unnecessary issue by stating that formalin-laced fish is back in market.
Congress party state chief Girish Chodankar and party spokesperson Amarnath Panjikar on Sunday said that the state government has failed on all fronts to ensure quality and safe fish to Goans.
“Has Chodankar done PhD in this matter? Is Amarnath a scientist?” Rane shot back when media asked him about Congress’ claim.
The Health Minister said that Congress is trying to create panic among Goans unnecessarily, which they need to stop. Rane further said that he does not need advice from Congress and he will not do anything that Congress tells. “Don’t tell me anything about Congress. If they want they can go to court. I don’t work on their direction,” he said.