State Human Rights Commission Bans Coca Cola and Pepsico on Campuses
HYDERABAD: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has given an interim
order banning Coca Cola and Pepsico drinks in all educational institutions,
both private and Government.
The orders were issued by the SHRC, headed by Justice B. Subhashan
Reddy, pending further inquiry on August 17 when the Commissioner,
Civil Supplies, and the managements of the two soft drink companies
were asked to appear before it. The Commissioner was asked to implement
the interim direction with immediate effect.
The commission passed the orders following a representation by the
Jana Vignana Vedika, a people's science movement, highlighting the
hazardous levels of pesticide content in the brands of the two soft
drink companies as revealed by the Centre for Science and Environment.
Meanwhile, Director of Institute of Preventive Medicine said that
it was decided to direct all Government educational institutions not
to allow sale of soft drinks in their premises .
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