Mumbai, March 13: The Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government has decided to bring in a law to make adulteration of milk a non-bailable offence, with punishment of up to three years imprisonment. Speaking in the  Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, State Food and Civil Supplies Minister Girish Bapat said that if the punishment for milk adulteration was increased to three years, there will be no scope for the accused to get bail. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Total COVID Cases Cross 2.25 Lakh-mark, 219 Fresh Deaths

“At present, adulteration of milk is a bailable offence having a provision of punishment for six months. If the imprisonment period is increased to three years, there will be no scope of bail for the accused,” Bapat said, adding that the government will soon enact a law to this effect. Also Read - COVID-19 Cases in India See Biggest Jump of Nearly 25,000; Total Tally Rises Above 7.6 Lakh | Key Points

Though many members in the lower house demanded life sentence for the accused in such offences but Bapat said that it won’t be easy to do so. “Currently, there are four mobile vans in the state for testing adulteration of milk but the tests are not conducted regularly,” the Minister admitted. However, Bapat assured the house that the authorities concerned would be asked to carry out regular tests. Also Read - Maharashtra COVID Tally: 6603 Fresh Cases, 198 Deaths in 24 Hours; Total Infections at 223724