Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday suo motu impleaded the Public Service Commissions of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition to ascertain details of recruitment of Food Inspectors in the two Telugu States.

The petition seeking action by governments of the two States against usage of chemicals like calcium carbide for artificial ripening of fruits was heard by a division bench comprising Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Ramesh Ranganathan.

During earlier hearings, the High Court observed that absence of adequate number of food safety officers was becoming a stumbling block in checking artificial ripening of fruits.

This was emboldening fruit merchants to indulge in indiscriminate usage of chemicals for ripening fruits, posing a health hazard.

The High Court sought to know the systems and hierarchy of food safety mechanisms in both the States.

On Tuesday, the Special Government Pleaders for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, D. Ramesh and Sanjeev Kumar respectively, submitted to the bench the strength of the Food Inspectors they had. They explained that the Food Inspectors were being recruited in the two States through their respective PSCs.

Lawyer Niranjan Reddy, who was appointed as
amicus curiae
by the High Court for assistance in the matter, brought to the notice of the bench on Tuesday that the two States had been claiming about recruiting Food Safety officers for past several months.

The same submissions were being made repeatedly, he said.

On hearing both sides, the bench decided to implead the Public Service Commissions of the two States to ascertain details about the appointments of food safety officers before finalising the petition.

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