By Our Reporter | Shillong, August 16, 2018:
After nearly a month, the Meghalaya Government has decided to lift the ban on import of fish from outside the state, from August 22.
“We have decided to lift the ban on import of fish from August 22,” Health and Family Welfare Minister AL Hek informed after meeting with the members of the Khasi Jaintia Wholesaler and Fish Sellers Association (KJW&FSA) here today.
According to Hek, the ongoing ban imposed by the State Government will end on August 22.
Earlier, the fish association had urged upon the State Government to lift the ban on sale of fish from outside the State. “We have impressed upon the State Government to lift the ban on the sale of fish imported from outside the State,” KJW&FSA president, Mitchell Wankhar said.
Wankhar said that they had told the Minister that the sale of fish from outside the State has been allowed in Assam and even in other States of the country.
“The controversy about the presence of formalin in the fish is not restricted only to Meghalaya. But the Government in the other States have lifted the ban after reviewing the whole situation,” KJW&FSA president said.
He said that the people who are in the fish business have been badly affected due to this controversy. Meanwhile, KJW&FSA president said that the Minister assured that the Government would deliberate on this issue before arriving to any final decision.
Meanwhile, he said that there are large number of people who have been affected in view of this ban.
It may be recalled that the state government had extended the ban on sale of imported fish for another 15 days starting from August 7. The State Government had extended the ban on sale of fish after formalin was recently detected in imported fish in Shillong and Ri Bhoi. Around 20 samples were recently tested and found positive in Ri Bhoi, a senior government official had informed.