AGARTALA: The Tripura Health and Family Welfare Department have ordered all district magistrates to shut down any package drinking water operations that lack both a Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) license and a Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification. They have also been asked to submit a thorough report by December 3rd.
The state government's order followed the passing of an order based on a PIL by Chief Justice (acting) T Amarnath Goud and Justice SG Chattopadhyay.
"....Chief Secretary, Government of to delegate Tripura is directed to delegate all the District Collectors of the State of Tripura to Inspect the water manufacturing unit in their jurisdiction and get duly satisfied with regard to their license, hygienic conditions and whether the water is consumable or not by collecting the samples and also obtain a report from the concerned laboratory with regard to the standard of water and submit the same before this court by the next date of hearing. The said report along with photographs of inspection be placed before this court….The Chief Secretary, Government of Tripura in the form of affidavit providing details of the said inspection", the order reads.
Following the High Court's ruling, the state government asked all district magistrates strictly to shut down any manufacturing facilities for packaged drinking water that do not own an FSSAI license and a BIS certification.
The Chief Secretary of the Government of Tripura has requested to assign all of the District Collectors of the State of Tripura the responsibility of inspecting the water manufacturing unit within their purview and submitting a report in accordance with the High Court's directive in the aforementioned case.
"You are now required to shut down any packaging drinking water manufacturing facilities that lack both an FSSAI license and a BIS certification. By December 3, 2022, the office of the Directorate of Family Welfare & P.M., Govt. of Tripura, Agartala, must receive the action taken report (ATR), in accordance with the format, for transmission to the Honourable High Court of Tripura," order read by the state Government.