CBI launches drive to unearth adulteration of several items

      The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has launched a nationwide drive to check adulteration of petroleum products, kerosene and medicines. Talking to reporters here, Ashwani Kumar, Director of CBI, said: "This time we have kept our focus upon economic offences, which is further divided into two types of economic offences, the first being adulteration of petroleum products and the second is adulteration of medicines. The public is directly connected to both these which is the reason why we have chosen these two areas." Harsh Bhal, spokesperson of CBI said that the results of the surprise checkups at several petrol pumps revealed quite startling facts. "All the zones of CBI conducted special drives in their respective zones. The joint surprise checks were conducted alone with officials of all public sector undertakings to check the adulteration of petroleum products," he added. He further said that during the surprise checks conducted at manufacturers of medicines and shops selling these numerous malpractices came to light. "During surprise checks, it was found that the spurious medicines are being supplied to the CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme) and government hospitals. It was also found at many places that spurious medicines especially Ayurvedic medicines are being manufactured without license from the competent authority. It was also found that expired medicines are being supplied to various dispensaries and government hospitals," added Bhal. The CBI has taken up this coordinated drive since there were numerous complaints of rampant corruption in different parts of the country.

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