Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust vs. Bangladesh (Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) and others [ Writ Petition No. 1043 of 1999 ]

Country Bangladesh
Category Right to Health
Date of Judgment 14-09-2004
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  • Description

    The petition was filed to properly implement the Iodine Deficiency Diseases Prevention Act 1989 and Rules 1994.


  • Judgment

    The respondent Nos. 1-5 are directed to perform their respective functions ensuring compliance of the provisions of the Iodine Deficiency Diseases Prevention Act, 1989 and the Rules 1994 so that the iodized salt produced and marketed for consumption of the people do comply with the provisions of sections 2, 4 and 6 of the said Act, 1989 and the violators thereof be prosecuted under provisions of Section 9 of the said Act, 1989. They are further directed to ensure that the unregistered edible salt manufacturers are not allowed to produce, market and sell salt for human consumption and such unregistered manufacturers of salt be brought to book and be prosecuted in accordance with the provision of law. The respondent Nos. 2 and 5 are also directed to prepare and submit the list of registered manufacturers/producers of the edible iodized salt in Bangladesh and the respondent Nos. 2, 3 and 4 are directed to collect the samples of edible salt put in the market for sale for general consumption and to submit analysis reports of such salt twice a year i.e. for the period ending on 30th June and 31st December, respectively, to the Registrar, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, within 15 days thereafter without fail with a copy thereof endorsed to the respondent no. 3, who is directed to ensure taking of actions as per law against the defaulters on the basis of such reports. The analysis reports are to be submitted initially for five(s) years effective from 2005 A.D.

    The learned Deputy Attorney General will also notify the respondents about the directions herein above given. Let a copy of this judgment and order be supplied to the learned Deputy Attorney General for compliance.