Taking into account the possible investment flow in the state and in view of sending a positive signal in the market, the state government has decided against moving the supreme court for seeking a ban on Maggie in Maharashtra. The state government has sought the advocate general’s opinion in this regard.
Highly placed sources in the government informed that the state government is not going to challenge the High Court order allowing Maggie to go for production in the state. An official, on condition of anonymity, said that the state government has arrived at a decision against moving the apex court with three considerations.
The official said that while the government is promoting the Make in Maharashtra initiative it needs to attract investment in the state. By challenging the Maggie decision, it could send a wrong signal for potential investors. Since Nestle company has its manufacturing units not only for Maggie but for other products moving the Supreme Court would hamper possible investment in the future. The official also said that there has been nothing objectionable found in Maggie samples that were tested and that is the reason that the state government does not have any ground to approach the Supreme Court. The state government has sought the advocate general’s opinion in this regard.
Meanwhile, an official from the civil supplies department said that since there has been an appeal in the apex court by Union government’s organisation regarding food safety, there is no need for the state government to approach the supreme court. A senior official in the government said that since no other state has imposed a ban on Maggie, the state government considered it as an agonising step if it moved the supreme court for potential investors and decided against it.