Demand to ban Halal products in Chhattisgarh; CM assures inquiry and appropriate action

We will try to ban Halal products in Chhattisgarh too – Vijay Sharma, Deputy Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh

Raipur : Union Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman has recently clarified that Government alone has the right to certify food items and other products; not the private organisations. Despite this, some private Muslim organisations are robbing traders on a large scale by illegally issuing Halal certificates. Many Hindutva organisations’ representatives personally approached Hon. Chief Minister, Mr Vishnu Deo Sai and Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Vijay Sharma of Chhattisgarh to impose the same ban on illegal halal certificates and halal products as done by the Uttar Pradesh Government. Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sharma said, “This matter is serious. We think that this kind of ban should be imposed right away; but we will try to ban halal products in a week’s time. We are discussing the matter in detail with the Chief Minister. The Government will take serious action on this.” Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai assured the delegation that ‘inquiry will be thoroughly conducted and appropriate action will be taken’.

Chhattisgarh CM Vishnu Deo Sai being presented the memorandum demanding a ban on illegal ‘Halal’ products and a book titled ‘Halal Jihad’ on behalf of pro-Hindu organisations
Chhattisgarh Dy CM Vijay Sharma being presented the memorandum demanding a ban on ‘Halal’ products and a book on ‘Halal Jihad’
Mr Sunil Ghanavat giving information on illegal ‘Halal’ products and ‘Halal’ Certificates to Dy CM Vijay Sharma

This delegation comprised of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh representative – Mr Sunil Ghanwat of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, Mr Ankit Dwivedi of Bajrang Dal, Mr Madanmohan Upadhyay Mission Sanatan, Pandit Nilakantha Tripathi of Sri Nilakantha Mahadev Sansthan, Sadhvi Soumya of Kinnar Akhada,Mr Mangesh Khangan andMr Hemant Kanaskar of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti in Chhattisgarh. During this meet, documents and proofs about the illegal form of Halal Certification were presented and Deputy Chief Minister was shown a video about the gruesome reality on the subject of Halal Jihad. Both the ministers were presented with a statement of demand and gifted a book on Halal Jihad.

Government regulations relating to milk, sugar, bakery products, salty snacks, ready-to-eat, edible oil, drugs, medical devices and cosmetics do not have a legal provision for halal certified marking on the packaging of products nor does the Medicines and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and related regulations have any provision for Halal Certification. In such circumstances, it is a punishable offense if any facts relating to Halal Certification are mentioned directly or indirectly on the packaging of any medicines, medical devices, or cosmetic products. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is empowered to set food standards and issue certifications. Mr Sunil Ghanwat informed both, Deputy Chief Minister Mr Vijay Sharma and Chief MinisterMr Vishnu Deo Sai that the Halal Certification violates the Government regulations by misguiding the quality of food products.

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