BURDENING COPS

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Jul 2018 12:04:18


 

BY RAISING the issues of traffic and social media problems challenging the police force in the country, Union Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh has only highlighted the ills afflicting a society that just refuses to shed its image of a law-detesting community. Mr. Singh was right in flagging the additional burdens of unruly traffic and irresponsible use of social media on the already overloaded police machinery.

Social media’s use in spreading rumours has turned into a scourge, resulting in several deaths in mob attacks. It is one aspect that even the police will find extremely difficult to monitor despite the advancement in technology. The onus lies solely on the users of such media platforms while applying their own wisdom and staying away from rumour-mongering.

Same goes with traffic management in cities where police presence is absolutely necessary to stop people from violating rules. Rapid urbanisation has led to unrestrained production of vehicles as it has become a necessity. But gross apathy towards adherence to traffic rules is testing the police personnel all the more. 

GROSS NEGLIGENCE

THE Central  Government needs to wake up to the gross negligence by its own regulatory  authority towards implementation of laws governing food safety standards. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, the Director General of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Sunita Narain pointed out blatant violation of law in allowing banned Genetically Modified (GM) food products.

Ms. Narain has expressed grave concern over the implications on the health of the people, both adults and children, these products could have. She has expressed surprise how the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is allowing these products when there is complete ban on their import and even marketing and put the entire blame on the regulatory authority for such a breach of law.

According to the CSE report, out of the 65 products picked up from retail outlets, its laboratory found 21 contaminated with harmful GM ingredients which include edible oils, packaged snacks and infant foods. The warning has to be taken seriously. An immediate crackdown is called for.