Writ at Supreme Court demands pesticide residue test on vegetable imports from India

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Kathmandu, July 9

A writ has been filed at the Supreme Court demanding that the government make it compulsory for vegetables and fruits to be imported from India to pass through a pesticide residue test at the border points.

Advocates Swagat Nepal and Narayan Prasad Duwadi filed the writ on behalf of a civil rights organisation further demands that all fruits and vegetables to be produced in the country also pass the test they are sent to the market.

The writ is registered a few days after the government withdrew its decision to conduct the test on imports from India owing to the pressure from the New Delhi government. The government has been claiming that it deferred the implementation of the decision to conduct the test for the want of available equipment.

But, the petitioners have argued that right to eat healthy food is one of the fundamental rights of the citizen. Because it is directly connected to the fundamental right, the government cannot withdraw it after publishing the decision on the Nepal gazette, Nepal informs.

Meanwhile, the court has scheduled the first hearing on the case for Wednesday.

Published on July 9th, Tuesday, 2019 2:48 PM

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