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’Areca has no health hazard’ : MPs apprise Union Minister

’Areca has no health hazard’ : MPs apprise Union Minister

Mangalore Today News Network

Mangaluru, July 18, 2019: A delegation of MPs of coastal and Malnad regions, led by Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel has met Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harshavardhan in New Delhi on July 17, Wednesday  and apprised the minister  that the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute has  made it clear there was no instance to prove  consumption of area has any adverse effect on  the health of people.


The move by the MPs came in the backdrop of a recent statement made by Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey while replying to an unstarred questioned  in the Lok Sabha  that there were concerns about the carcinogenic effects of areca on various organs of the body as  revealed in certain studies.

Responding to the appeal of the MPs, Health Minister Harshavardhan said it was the erstwhile UPA Government which had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that areca was hazardous  to health. He  assured to  take step to  withdraw the affidavit and added that meetings have  been held in this regard.

The delegation included Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje, Davanagere MP G M Siddeshwar and Chitradurga Parliamentarian Narayana Swami.

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Vachan shetty, sullia Thu, July-18-2019, 2:37
Money can make do anything, though it is harmful you claim its healthy , this is politics
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