A very useful device, which helps you check the quality of milk and detect adulteration, was unveiled by President Ram Nath Kovind, according to Times Of India report. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed the testing kit. The device is called ‘Ksheer Tester’ and it will cost you around Rs 5000. The speciality of the device is that it can show results in less than a minute. The unveiling took place during a function to mark the platinum jubilee of the CSIR. The president also gave away awards to scientists in the CSIR for their achievements, according to reports.
On April 17, food safety regulator FSSAI had said that milk adulteration is more in north India compared to southern states.
On Jun 5, the Madras High Court had observed that adulteration in milk was a serious matter and directed the government to file a status report on the action taken on such complaints. The direction was given by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar while hearing a PIL by A P Suryaprakasam, an advocate, seeking a CBI probe into the reports of adulteration in milk by various private producers. Stating that milk plays a vital role in shaping the mind and body of every human being, he submitted that children are fed with milk because of its purity and nutritional value. As the government was responsible to safeguard the health and safety of citizens, it has to discharge its statutory duties against those adulterating foods, he contended, according to PTI report.
Apart from releasing the kit, President Kovind yesterday rued the distressingly small participation of women in science in the country and said achievements would be less than perfect without gender parity. He appealed to the scientific community to take “accelerated steps” to promote participation of girl students and women in science and technology. “None of our developmental goals has any meaning without any gender parity. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as a body and India has a society has made enormous progress and yet the participation of women in science in our country is distressingly small,” Kovind said. President Kovind had said less than two out of every 10 scientific researchers in India were women and of those who joined an Indian Institute of Technology, just about 10 per cent were women.