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New deadline for grub hubs

Eateries in Jharkhand just got six-month breathing time.

For, the Centre has extended the nationwide deadline for licence/registration under the Food Safety and Standards Act (2006) till August 4.

This has spelt relief for Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), the state’s largest trade outfit, that has heartily welcomed the decision.

“We are happy that the Union ministry of health and family welfare has extended the deadline from February 4 to August 4. This will provide adequate time for food businesses to organise things,” said Bharat Vasani, vice-president (trade and commerce) of SCCI.

Sources said Sanjay Gupta, assistant director (enforcement) of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India under the Union ministry of health and family welfare, issued a notification in this regard on Tuesday.

The extension was given keeping in mind the demand of the Confederation of All India Traders (Cait).

A delegation of Cait had met Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in the last week of January, requesting him to extend the deadline for at least a year.

They had also asked Azad to constitute a joint committee comprising senior government officers and traders who would study the act and, consequently, recommend necessary amendments to make compliance easier.

SCCI president Suresh Sonthalia said Cait general secretary Praveen Khandelwal would visit Jamshedpur on February 11. “We will discuss the act and start pursuing members to procure licence or registration,” he said.