Is India Growing?

The Union Health Ministry is preparing to alter the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, a significant step that will require OTT (over-the-top) platforms or streaming services to display health warnings during smoking scenes in motion pictures and Web series (COTPA).

The COTPA rules are set to change in the upcoming months, according to officials. A top official in the health ministry stated, “After multiple inter-ministerial discussions with the Information & Media ministry on this, it has been decided that the adjustments will be made in COTPA.” We at Consumer Voice have also been actively campaigning and working towards amendment in COTPA rules since a long time.

In another win for the consumer, Food regulator FSSAI’s CEO G Kamala Vardhana Rao, has urged states to step up monitoring and random food sampling in order to reduce food adulteration. Rao emphasised the necessity of taking the proper action in circumstances where food samples are discovered to be non-conforming..

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) “encouraged states/UTs to increase the frequent surveillance, monitoring, inspections, and random sampling of food products and their compliance with the laid down requirements.” Additionally, states and UTs are required to use Food Safety on Wheel (FSW), which is available to them, to analyse 10 samples of milk every day.

By using clean technologies, India, the fifth-largest economy in the world, may become energy independent by 2047, according to a study by a renowned American research institute. It emphasised the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which ranges from a significant increase in renewable capacity to electric mobility, saving billions of dollars in imports. In a report titled “Pathways to Atmanirbhar Bharat,” the India Energy and Climate Centre (IECC) at the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a US federally funded research and development facility, highlight the steps India has taken to adopt clean energy.

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