Decide on safety sealing in six months: HC to Centre

The Bombay High Court recently gave the Union government six months’ time to take a decision on making safety sealing mandatory for healthcare and hygiene products.

A Division Bench of Justices Shantanu S. Kemkar and P. D. Naik passed the directive while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate Geetanjali Tapan Dutta. The PIL is about pilferage of cosmetics, child care, healthcare and hygiene products.

The PIL states that while in transit from manufacturer to consumer, there is a possibility of contamination and adulteration of the products due to the absence of a seal. But there are no mandatory provisions to put the seal.

Deciphering facts

PIL - Public interest litigation, or PIL, is defined as the use of litigation, or legal action, which seeks to advance the cause of minority or disadvantaged groups or individuals, or which raises issues of broad public concern. It is a way of using the law strategically to effect social change.

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