Cola issue needs to be dealt within framework of law : CII President

On August 10th, I had said that - "We are a law abiding country. Government actions have to be driven by rule of law and in the overall public interest. We are concerned that the apparently arbitrary decisions have been taken to ban manufacture and sale of the carbonated beverages, without going through the due process of law" , said Mr R Seshasayee, President CII commenting on the Cola issue here today.

We had also mentioned that the process of verification that had been set in motion by the Government, especially the Health Minister, based on scientific methods and the involvement of some of the best experts on the subject should be allowed to be carried out before any kinjd of action is taken in the matter, added the CII President.

The announcements of certain Environmental Groups today to blockade the movement of the products of the Cola companies will thwart this process and any such attempt to upstage the process is absolutely not desirable and will have an enormously negative impact on the investment environment in the country and slow down economic growth , said Mr Seshasayee.

CII appeals to the groups concerned not to precipitate such actions and deal with the matter within the framework of the Rule of Law reiterated the CII President.

New Delhi

23rd August 2006

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