Shimla: In order to ensure best quality food items to people of state, Food and Civil Supply Department is frequently checking shops and depots. As a result 113 samples collected by officials failed to qualify quality test, while another 638 samples were being collected to maintain quality of essential commodities in Himachal Pradesh during this commercial year.
This was disclosed by state Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Dhawala to his counterpart of Jharkaand Mathura Prasad Mahato, who had come to meet him, while visiting this state yesterday. He said that till January, 2011, 19852 inspections were conducted and a sum of Rs four lakh has been collected as security and products amounting to Rs 10.75 lakh were confiscated where as fine of Rs 49500 has been slapped on the defaulters. Mathura Prasad Mahato lauded the policy of state government for maintaining quality of essential commodities in fair price shops and the steps it had taken to control black marketing and profiteering.