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Kerala waiting for JPC report to act against cola majors

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Thiruvananthapuram , Feb. 5

THE State Government will not shirk its responsibility of moving decidedly against the cola majors if the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) report confirming the presence of pesticides in soft drink samples warrants it.

Clarifying the Government's position in the matter in the Assembly on Thursday, the Chief Minister, Mr A.K. Antony, said the actual contents of the JPC report had not yet been made available to it.

A copy was being urgently requisitioned, upon receipt of which the Government would decide on how to proceed.

Opening of consulates: Replying to a calling attention motion, the Chief Minister said that the Centre was being petitioned to open consulates of Gulf countries in the State.

The Centre has been harping on the fact that consulates could be allowed to function only in metros.

The State Government was also talking to the country's national and international carriers on ways at reducing fares in the Gulf sector.

There was no proposal for ordering a probe into alleged irregularities in availing foreign funds for research work by several institutions in the State, he added.

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