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KMC to send all reports of food drives to panel led by Chief Secy

Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will now send all the reports on findings of its food drives to a high-powered committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De.
"We will be conducting regular drives to ensure quality of food and will be collecting samples for testing. But the reports from the food laboratories will be sent directly to the high-powered committee constituted by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee," Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said on Friday.
According to Mayor, the decision will ensure that there is no information gap between the civic body
and the state government regarding food drives that have gained eminence particularly after the carcass meat row surfaced.
On May 8, Banerjee had announced the constitution of a high powered committee headed by Chief Secretary, Malay De, to immediately evolve a foolproof mechanism to bring an end to the menace of carcass meat sale. After the central level administrative review meeting held at Nabanna on
Tuesday, Banerjee had said: "A nine member high-powered committee has been formed to ensure that incidents like the sale of carcass meat do not recur in future."
The other eight members of the committee are Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya, Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha, Commissioner of Kolkata Police Rajeev Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary of Panchayat and Rural Development Department and Principal Secretaries of Health department, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department, Food and Supplies department and Animal Resources Development (ARD) department.
It may be mentioned that police investigation in this regard had revealed that the carcass meat trade is spread beyond the state.
A number of people had already been arrested in this connection and the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has take up the probe.
It is learnt that kingpin of the racket, Biswanath Ghorui, alias Bishu, used to supply a good quantity of carcass meat to New Market area.
The CID sleuths are looking into the matter and have frozen two bank accounts of Ghorui in which there is around Rs 94 lakh. Banerjee has also spoken to the officials from the state Consumer Affairs department to know about other related matters.
Kolkata and its adjoining civic bodies like South Dum Dum, Dum Dum and Bidhannagar have been regularly conducting raids against the use of fungal-infected frozen chicken and carcass meat at eateries.
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