Regulate harmful chemicals in food

The recent study by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) confirming the presence of potassium bromate and potassium iodate residues in bread samples is highly alarming and should be an eye-opener for all. Being low on cost and as it yields better results while treating the flour, the bread makers use those food additives as against other altertives. However, according to various global agencies, these two chemicals were found to be carcinogenic in animals which might be detrimental to human health as well. As a result, many countries across the globe have already banned those chemicals. But the scene is quite the opposite in India as the sale and use of these chemicals are going on ubated. It is high time the food regulatory bodies regulate or monitor the use of these chemicals in the food products in the greater interest of the human health.

Gwshad Basumatary,
Diajhijari,Haltugaon, Kokrajhar.

Student organizations should be apolitical

AASU, ABSU, AAMSU are the three front ranking students organizations of the state. We believe that student organizations should be apolitical and at the same time should be like factory producing future law makers of the state. To be candid enough at present it is apparent that besides AASU all the other student bodies or organizations appear to be apolitical. The role played by Probin Boro in the last assembly polls does not send a positive sigl for anyone representing a student organization. The end result is there for everyone to see as Prabin Boro is today licking his wounds. Less said the better about AAMSU which is completely based on religious lines.

Hats off to Samujjal Bhattacharjee! The ex-President of AASU who has always maintained a non-political character while he was in charge of AASU.                       

Dr Ashim Chowdhury,
GNB Road, Guwahati-1.   

Information Commission is a Civil Court

A full bench of Central Information Commission on 03.06.13 by a landmark judgement has brought six political parties mely Congress, BJP, NCP, CPI, CPI(M) and BSP under the ambit of The RTI Act, 2005. However, all the parties have till date did not oblige the order of Central Information Commission. The Congress party treasurer Motilal Vohra in the recently filed plea has mentioned that the Central Information Commission is neither a court nor a competent authority to exercise plery jurisdiction and therefore the order declaring the political parties as public authorities is arbitrary and illegal. I would like to request Shri Vohra to kindly read Section 18(3) of the RTI Act, 2005 which says that in exercising powers and functions of the Central Information Commission, while inquiring into any matter under this section, have the same powers vested in a civil court while trying a suit under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.

Debajit Goswami,
SBI Officers’ Colony, Ambikagiri gar,
Hatigarh Chariali, Guwahati-781024.