Mangaluru, June 10: As no scientific reports have been received so far on the Maggi noodles test, the state government is yet to decide on ban of Maggi Noodles, said Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khadar.
Khader addressed a press meet at the Circuit House here on Wednesday June 10th, and said, the samples of Maggi noodles were sent to CFTRI, Mysuru but it rejected and asked the samples to be sent to NABL. The samples have been sent to two labs – Robust Materials Technology Ltd which found the lead content within permissible limits and to NABL in Peenya which found 0.053 grams of MSG in Maggi Noodles.
The report has been sent to The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and once we receive the directions, appropriate actions will be taken. It has been already directed to collect the Maggi stocks from shops. Not only on Maggi, but we are also focussing on six other brands as well and have already sent their samples to labs for test, said Khadar.
He also added that the President of India has given his consent to the Karnataka Compulsory Service Training by Candidates Completed Medical Courses Bill, 2012, making rural service mandatory for medical students in the state. This would solve the problem of shortage of doctors in rural areas, he said.
Khadar said, a meeting has already been held with the concerned officials to ensure that the order is implemented soon and is executed efficiently. As many as 6,675 MBBS and 2,988 PG doctors will be appearing for their final exams this year, and those who pass will be assigned rural service. They will be serving in the 2,353 primary health centres in the state, 146 taluk hospitals and 30 district hospitals.
The work timings of Primary health centres which are usually open from 8 am to 4 pm will be extended to 8 pm, and 2 additional doctors will be appointed for each primary health centre to work from 4 pm to 8 pm, he informed.
Khadar said, to monitor the system, a committee will be formed headed by an MLA in each taluk, a district committee under the DC, and a state committee under the health department. The cabinet has already consented to appoint 983 PG and 350 MBBS doctors for government hospitals.
The issue of salary increment has been discussed already and the proposal has been placed before the finance department. We are waiting for the approval, he informed.
About road development Khadar said, Rs 1.6 crore has already been sanctioned for road development from Talapady highway to Durgaparemeshwari Temple, Devipura and Kinya. We have also received approval to prepare detailed project report for the construction of road from Deralakatte to Adkarpadavu via Mangalore University and Parande Barua which costs Rs 2.5 crore.
About the issue of International Yoga Day to be observed on June 21st, Khadar said, Yoga is an ancient Indian practice. Giving religious colour to aspects of education and health is undesirable. One who is interested to practice yoga should be allowed to do it. All over the globe Yoga is practiced. I am also practicing yoga regularly. Let the people do it as an exercise. The International Yoga Day will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister in Bengaluru, said Khader.
In the press meet, T K Sudhir, Melwyn D’Souza and others were present.