Soft Drinks Banned in Rajasthan Assembly
The Hindu
August 5, 2006

Jaipur: A ban was today imposed on the sale of soft drinks, including Coca Cola and Pepsi, in the canteen of the Rajasthan assembly, a day after the state government imposed a similar ban in educational institutions.

Legislative Assembly Secretary J L Choudhary said the sale of soft drinks was banned in order to save the legislators and others who come to the assembly from the ill effects of colas.

The ban comes after a Delhi-based NGO's findings about high level of pesticide residues in colas. Yesterday, state Education Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari had said the ban on these products inside the campus of school, colleges, and universities (both private and semi-aided) would continue unless the competent courts dealing with such cases did not declare them fit for human consumption.

Since a number of cases relating to adulterated soft drinks are pending in the court "it was necessary to ban these dangerous products for health of human beings," Tiwari added.

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