Pesticide residue test: Nepali Congress accuses govt of being submissive, minister contradicts PM

Kathmandu, July 7

The main opposition party Nepali Congress has claimed that the Nepal Communist Party-led government has turned submissive in front of India.

Speaking at a meeting of the House of Representatives on Sunday, the party’s chief whip Bal Krishna Khand said the government decision to backtrack on┬áits decision to test the amount of pesticide residues on vegetables and fruits to be imported from India was an example of submission.

“The government has knelt down; it has turned submissive,” Khand said, “It has played upon people’s health.”

Meanwhile, Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development Chakra Pani Khanal has contradicted a statement by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli that the government withdrew from the decision due to lack of needful infrastructures.

Responding to queries of the lawmakers during a National Assembly meeting today, Khanal said his Ministry had already established quarantine offices in all provinces except Karnali and deployed the staff to conduct the tests.

He, however, said the government would need at least one more year to launch the full-fledged system.

Published on July 7th, Sunday, 2019 2:30 PM

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