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Nepal’s SC stays government move to roll back testing of Indian vegetables and fruits

A single bench of Justice Anandamohan Bhattarai issued the ruling on Wednesday asked the government authorities to continue testing of imported vegetables and fruits.

Last week, the Nepal government had put on hold its earlier decision to conduct a test of vegetables and fruits imported from India at the customs points to ascertain levels of pesticide residue. 

The government said it had put on hold testing of pesticides in imported vegetables and fruits due to lack of infrastructure facilities to conduct such tests.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by two advocates at the Supreme Court on Tuesday against the government’s move of rolling back its earlier decision. 

On June 17, the Government of Nepal had instructed its border authorities to test the level of pesticide before allowing Indian vegetables and fruits.

Following the instructions, hundreds of trucks have been stuck at various border points. Nepal highly depends on fruits and vegetables imported from India.

The Supreme Court has asked all concerned parties to appear before the court on July 15.

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