Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Feb 20:
Concerned over the outbreak of jaundice in Cuttack city, the Odisha government has directed the district administration to impose a 15-day ban on sale of dahibara, gupchup, lassi and sugarcane juice in the city.
Following the directive of the chief secretary GC Pati during videoconferencing on Thursday, the district administration has requested traders to stop selling their items for 15 days.
Four groups squads formed by the district administration fanned out in the city and destroyed gupchup and dahibara being sold by 55 traders on Thursday.
They persuaded traders to cooperate with the district administration in view of the outbreak of jaundice in the city. Each squad is led by a Food inspector and Health officials.
Nearly 20,000 traders in the city, who eke out their living by selling gupchup and dahibara in the city, are in a fix following the directive of the government.
The chief secretary directed the district collector, chief district medical officer (CDMO) and the police commissioner to implement the order strictly.
Talking to the media, commissioner of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) Gyana Das said the Corporation is submitting a daily report from the squads on the raids and the banned food items destroyed by them to the collector who in turn is submitting it to the government.
“The raids on these banned food items would continue till March-end,” he added.
Meanwhile, the number of patients afflicted by jaundice is on the rise in the city. Reports said the disease has spread to Khan Nagar Vikash Bhawan Lane, Haripur, Saanta Sahi and Mahatab Road localities.