MLM / Chain Money
QNet: Secret SFIO report says MLM, Ponzi schemes ‘a threat to national security’
The Serious Frauds Investigation Office in its ‘secret’ report on GoldQuest and QuestNet, the earlier avatars of QNet, warns that MLM or Ponzi schemes run by overseas operators, also nails the deception and huge claims of earnings used by MLMs to recruit more people
The Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO) in its detailed ‘secret’ report on GoldQuest International Pvt Ltd and Quest Enterprises India Pvt Ltd has called multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes run by overseas operators as “a potential threat to national security”. The secret report (as it is labelled and not available in public domain) came out in 2012, but, there is no action taken for four long years to stop MLMs and Ponzi schemes like QNet from spreading. There have been some sporadic action and court cases going on at some places, but some determined individual victims, instead of government, are leading these efforts.  
While investigating GoldQuest and QuestNet (previous avatars of QNet), the agency said twice it was provided wrong and fabricated data from the MLM operators. “The investigation did extensive and meticulous data analysis and has brought out clear cut falsification of accounts as both these data referred as old and new data do not match with the figures of the balance sheet. It seems the company has been paying the top of the pyramid promoters (TOPPs) by way of showing as the payments of commissions and getting the money from them apart from also making false entries in the payment of commissions. To avoid detection, the company has tried to mislead the investigations by playing with the data. Thus, the companies are not only conducting an illegal business contumaciously but are also keeping and submitting falsified documents to the regulatory agencies. Their business operations and conduct are thus totally unfair and prejudicial to the public interest. They are also a potential threat to national security as this scheme as well as such types of illegal schemes (eg. SpeakAsia) are being run by overseas operators…,” the SFIO report (seen by Moneylife) says.
As Moneylife reported in 2012, QNet, the controversial MLM company, has been luring executives and professionals by promising a weekly income of Rs27.7 lakh. QNet claims that a Diamond Star can earn up to Rs27,73,800 (Rs27.7 lakh) per week while the same for a Platinum Star would be Rs22,39,050 (Rs22.4 lakh) a week.
However, the SFIO report simply trashes all such tall claims from the QI group. It says, “As per the data provided by the Managing Director, the GoldQuest and QuestNet sold products for a price of Rs806.15 crore to 2.39 lakh individuals. Out of these, about 50,000 people ever received any amount of commissions. Only about 20,000 were able to get more commission than Rs30,000, the initial amount of investment. So even though people were sold the concept and bought the products as a business opportunity, about 2.20 lakh people have actually lost money”.
In November 2012, Moneylife had asked similar questions to QNet about average earnings of its independent representative (IR) and how many IRs earn less than $1,000 as commission in a year. There still are no answers from QNet
However, as per the SFIO report, which is based on data provided by the QI group companies, it looks like about 92% of the IRs who joined the MLM scheme lost all their hard earned money. Around 50,000 or 21% IRs ever received any commission after joining the scheme, while just 8.4% or 20,000 agents actually were able to recover their ‘investment’ of Rs30,000.
The SFIO report also exposes the true nature of MLMs like GoldQuest and QuestNet. It says, “The key point here, which is exploited by MLM companies is that they claim to be selling products through the mechanism of direct sales and are not doing enrolment and the commissions are paid for sale of products and not for enrolling members. Thousands of such schemes are rampant across the country as was discovered by Investigation (SFIO) during its work, research and investigation. To prove that a scheme is violating Section 2(c) of (Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978), even though it is claiming that it is not encouraging enrolments, it the point of contention as the companies, in this case, GoldQuest and QuestNet, indulged in a lot of deception to circumvent the eye of the Law enforcement agencies and the Courts.”
“…in fact, deception is the key to propagate the pyramid schemes as the newly-to-be recruited person is to be convinced of buying the opportunity (i.e. of earning huge and life changing commissions) rather than of convincing him of buying the product. Here the business opportunity is sold, i.e. of earning huge commissions and the seller gains only through payment of commissions to him by sales to his down lines, which he makes by enrolling more members on his chain. As per maximum limits set by the companies, a person earn maximum of Rs6.90 lakh per week as per the compensation plan. This amounts to Rs3.42 crore per annum per qualified membership. This is the business opportunity on sale. This is hugely alluring and acts as a strong drive to recruit rather than to sell to non-recruits to earn maximum commission,” the investigation report from SFIO says.
Earlier, Robert FitzPatrick, President of US-based Pyramid Scheme Alert, while terming schemes like QNet or GoldQuest as “endless chain”, or a “pyramid scheme”, had told Moneylife that such a fraud, whether the products are soaps, gold coins, vitamins or air in a box, will always cause 90%-99% of the investors to ‘fail’. “Whether some of the people engage in retail selling or not, the income promise that relies on continued expansion is deceptive, that is, it is a lie. The financial harm to the vast majority is predetermined. Unless the regulators and analysts recognize and are willing to assert that this form of business is ‘inherently' fraudulent and harmful, it is rather difficult to stop any one particular company,” he had said.
QNet, the controversial, Hong Kong-based operator uses multiple names for its MLM scheme and GoldQuest, QuestNet, QNet, QI Ltd and QI group are some of its better known names.
The EOW of Mumbai Police, which is probing the case, had invoked the stringent Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) Act against QNet, which has denied any wrongdoing on its part. In February 2016, the special MPID Court rejected anticipatory bail applications of Srinivas Rao Vanka and Magaral Veervalli Balaji, both directors of Vihaan Direct selling (India) Pvt Ltd, Suresh Thimiri, director of Transview Enterprises India Pvt Ltd, Malcolm Nozer Desai, who is 20% stakeholder in Vihaan and Michael Joseph Ferreira, former world champion of billiards and 80% stakeholder in Vihaan.
In February 2014, the ED registered a case under the prevention of money laundering act (PMLA) against QNet, Vihaan Direct Selling, Ferreira and QNet founder Vijay Eswaran and three other independent representatives (IRs) of the MLM operator.
According to Gurupreet Singh Anand, a computer consultant from Lokhandawala, Andheri, who had filed a first information report (FIR) against QNet, the MLM scam may have cost the country about Rs7,000 crore since the money is being remitted abroad. 
QI group units were actually banned in 2009 while operating under the names of GoldQuest International Pvt Ltd and QuestNet Enterprises India Pvt Ltd after a Police action. In India, it was registered as GoldQuest International India Pvt Ltd in 2001. Elsewhere, QuestNet Enterprises was registered in November 2004 in Chennai. Between them, they had offices at Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
Moneylife Foundation, an NGO for spreading financial literacy has been repeatedly warning people about falling for MLM and pyramid companies with innumerable examples of losses incurred. Moneylife Foundation had also sent a representation to the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Governor of RBI and SEBI.
Former Expenditure Secretary EAS Sarma has also written to the PM and the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) about the need to check the proliferation of Ponzis and binary pyramids which are duping people.  We have been specifically told by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and the Ministry of Corporate Affairs that they are investigating these scams and plan action/tightening of legislation. Just because our regulators are sleeping and scams are always discovered too late, if at all, does not make an unregulated scheme legal.
We hope the SFIO investigation report on GoldQuest and QuestNet will at least wake up the authorities now and there would be some firm action against such MLM and Ponzi schemes since even the poorest of the people are not spared from this menace.




1 month ago


Ever since you lost your hard earned money in QNET SCAM, you all have multiple questions and facing multiple issues like :

1. Where and whom to approach for recovering your hard earned money?

2. How to help fight and stop this QNET SCAM?

3. How to teach your CHEATER UPLINES a lesson?

4. Issues regarding the “so called” “REFUND POLICY”.

5. Are you eligible for “Compensations”?

6. Issues regarding action buy police authorities.

7. What is the status of the court cases etc.

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jitu moni

1 month ago
Four persons, who were associated with Hong Kong-based QNET, a multi-level marketing (MLM) company, and duped 200 persons by promising them jobs, were arrested by Central Crime Station (CCS) officials on Thursday. However, the MD and directors of QNET and its sister company Vihaan Direct Selling are still at large.

Deputy commissioner of police (CCS) Avinash Mohanty said Sreenath Konda, Prasanna Kumar Reddy, V Kanchana, B Dhan Raj were arrested from different locations in the city for cheating people.

Police said the accused had been enrolling gullible people as agents by collecting Rs 10 lakh from a group of 10 persons.

Each person would be given status of promoter, direct them to attract a group (i.e., 10 persons) and make them join QNET by paying Rs 10 lakh, for which the promoter would be assured commission.

jitu moni

2 months ago
Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Maharashtra Government to file the latest status report regarding investigation so far on the anticipatory bail plea of World Billiards champion Michael Ferreira and four others, who are facing charges of money laundering in the multi-crore QNet case.

The next hearing in the matter will take place on September 14.

Besides Ferreira, the others whose anticipatory bail plea were rejected were Malcom Desai, Vanka Srinivas, Maganlal Balaji, all directors of M/s Vihaan Direct Selling (India) Pvt. Ltd, and Suresh Themiri, director of Transview Enterprises.
They are facing charges under Sections 420 (mischief), 468 (forgery), 471 (using forged document knowing it is not genuine) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Justice Mridula Bhatkar of the Bombay High Court, who took on record the statement of public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat that investigations were still on, had in May rejected their anticipatory bail pleas.

Ferreira had started the operations of QNet, a multi-level marketing company, in India via his firm Vihaan Enteprises.

The QNet cheating case began with a complaint by Gurpreet Singh Anand, who raised his voice after losing Rs. 30,000.

According to the police, the money involved has crossed Rs. 1,000 crores in the alleged scam with more than five lakh investors allegedly losing their money in the case against QNet which is being probed by the Economic Offences Wing.

jitu moni

3 months ago
NewsAmbit, New Delhi
Delhi Police Economic Offence Wing(EOW) has registered an FIR against QNET India/Vihaan Direct selling India Private Limited and its three independent representatives on the allegations of cheating and fraudulently operating the multi level marketing, which is illegal in India. Police have initiated the investigation and suspecting huge scam, which is estimated in crores.
A senior Police officer of EOW said that we received a combined complaint against QNET India and its three independent representatives from more than dozen of people in the month of March this year. As per the allegations of main complainant Anuj Jain alleged that his friend Himashu Aggarwal approached him for an business opportunity. He said that he is an independent representative(IR) of an e-commerce based company. He said that he can arrange an meeting with the other IR’s who will tell you about the business and if they find you suitable you will get chance to be a part of the company. After few days Himanshu called Anuj Jain to come with a CV at a café situated in Nehru Place area on 29 November 2015. Anuj reached there, where he met with Himanshu and his to associates Anita Jaggi and Kanika. Trio told him about the business profile and also assured that this is not a networking marketing company. They demanded Rs 6.5 lakh to be a member of the company. They also said that company has millions of customers. IR of the company is treated as a partner and also got the profit share for each sale. After three four days Anuj gave them 6.5 lakh rupees but after some time he got to know that this is a multi level marketing company and fraudulently cheating innocent persons by roping them in it’s banned business with the help of IRs.
Police said that Anuj is not the only complainant so many more complainants also approached to EOW. After which a preliminary enquiry had conducted. It was found that some persons who are termed as IR contact their friends and close persons to join a new e-commerce business. They don’t tell the name of the company or complete business module at the beginning. After alluring them they set various amounts from the victim. Independent Representatives(IR) get training during the joining and talk to make further members. These kinds of IRs of the company are operated from different cafes and food courts situated in Delhi and NCR.
Those who join the company get user id etc and products like ravel packages, some other items etc are shown purchase from their money. The delivery address given in the portal is also found of overseas area most of the time and mostly that address is too fake type location only which shows that no products are being sold and it is a completely a money circulation scheme. Two websites were found involved in the namely and were found mated to Vihaan Direct selling (India) Pvt ltd which is stated Indian Franchisee of Hong Kong based net company. Investigations are on. Police are trying to unearth the whole network of the IRs on which this company is running its business unlawfully in Delhi. A case has been registered u/s 420/120B/34 IPC and 4/5/6 of Prize Chits and money circulation Schemes(Banning) Act,1978 .

Profiles of IRs
Himashu works with Samsung
Anita Jaggi works with RBS


4 months ago

After receiving the complaint from a group of people, the central crime station is now investigating the scam.
Company officials asked them to pay around Rs 1 lakh as charges for registration, investment and training fee. (Representational image)
Company officials asked them to pay around Rs 1 lakh as charges for registration, investment and training fee. (Representational image)
Hyderabad: A new multi-level marketing scam (MLM) has surfaced in Hyderabad with around a 100 victims losing money in the controversial QNet scheme.

Several people have come out alleging that they have lost lakhs in the dubious scheme and has demanded arrest of the managers, who have fled with crores.
After receiving the complaint from a group of people, the central crime station is now investigating the scam. The Singapore-based QNet Private Ltd had already run into trouble with the law in Bengaluru and Mumbai police due to the same scam.

The victims, mostly fresh graduates and college dropouts, alleged that they were lured by some people claiming to be company officials who offered them a high salary and commission to do ‘e-commerce’ for QNet products.

Company officials asked them to pay around Rs 1 lakh as charges for registration, investment and training fee. However, the QNet officials neither provided them any job nor gave back their money even after a year.

After several complaints poured into S.R. Nagar police station cops found out that a QNet office was operating in Ameerpet, where most of the victims had paid their money. An FIR was registered in S.R. Nagar police station against company officials and later it was transferred to CCS.

“A person named Ramesh Kurmetti and his associates run the firm. He and others had been avoiding us for the last one year whenever we asked our money back,” said P. Vishwa Teja, one of the victims from Ameerpet.

The youngsters came to know about the company through Facebook and by word of mouth. “We were told that we will be getting around Rs 30,000 as salary as we add more customers and agents into the scheme. They asked us to get trained and promised that we would be selling their products like Bio Disc, Bio Light etc. However, nothing of that sort has happened so far,” said another victim M. Avinash.

Many people have paid Rs 2 to Rs 3 lakh while some paid Rs 1 lakh. The company officials had promised their commission would be higher according to the investment they put in.

While it is yet to be calculated how much money has been looted by the company officials victims claim that it would be around Rs 5 to Rs 8 crore.
Meanwhile, the police has not made any arrest so far in the case.

“We had registered a case after taking the complaint. Since it was an economic offence with a lot of money involved the case was transferred to CCS,” said S.R. Nagar inspector Md. Waheeduddin.

jitu moni

5 months ago

Bluru QNet agent who earned 50L a yr as commission held
Mumbai: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has arrested Ram Singh, an accused in the Rs 1,000 crore QNet case, for earning Rs 50 lakh or more as commission each year from proceeds of the crime.

Singh, a Bengaluru resident, was arrested last week after the imigration authorities at Bangalore airport detained him over a look out circular notice (LOC) issued by the Mumbai police. "We are going through all his bank account details and trying to ascertain the source of money to his account," said DCP Pravin Padwal of the EOW.

Singh's name had cropped up during the initial investigation in 2013 but the police could not locate him then. In January 2015, a police team visited his Bengaluru residence but did not find him there. The house was locked. He is the 19th accused to be arrested in this case so far.

"We are working to arrest all the culprits in this case. A special investigation team has been formed to nab the othe accused invovled," said Dhananjay Kamalakar, joint police commissioner, EOW. Singh, said police sources, has been sending money to his daughter who is studying in Canada. "We have to know his source of income. He has sent a major chunk of money to Canada. We suspect this money was gained from QNet. Moreover, he was looking after the QNet business in Dubai and has been shuttling between Dubai and India. We got his passport number late. Soon after getting it, we issued an LOC notice and he was detained," said an officer.

A special MPIDA court in February this year rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Michael Ferreira (77) winner of the World Amateur Billiards Championship and a Padma Bhushan recipient, and four others, Malcom Desai, Vanka Srinivas, Maganlal Balaji, all directors of M/s Vihaan Direct Selling (India) Pvt Ltd and Suresh Themiri, director Transview Enterprises. They all have approached the high court now in the QNet case.

"They posed as a marketing firm which would sell bio-discs, watches, herbal products, holiday packages, etc. They even claimed that by using the bio-disc, one can cure cancer and brain diseases," cops said. Some money has been transferred to Malayasia, Singapore and Hong Kong, too, cops added.

jitu moni

5 months ago
Mumbai: The city's economic offences wing (EOW) is now looking into allegations that several Bollywood celebrities campaigned for the cheat firm, QNet, through advetisements or by promoting the schemes of the self-proclaimed marketing firm.

Gurupreet Singh Anand, complainant in the Rs 1,000-crore QNet cheating case, on Wednesday said at least four Bollywood actors promoted the Ponzi schemes at different times in the QNet's promotional programs in United Kingdom and Malaysia. He has submitted a 23-page letter wherein he has attached the celebrities' pictures promoting the programs.

"I have submitted letter and all the relevant information to the EOW on May 12. I am hoping some action soon," Anand told TOI. He alleged that the money was laundered from India to Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Anand was speaking at a press conference where suddenly a group of QNet sympathisers appeared with "I trust QNet" placards.. They were later asked to leave the conference room.

atul gupta

5 months ago

Be ready to fight against QNET and all your uplines including friend.
QNET REFUND and FIGHT AGAINST QNET procedure as below.

1st Option
If your purchase on portal is in INR rupees then with in 30 days of purchase or if yur purchase is in USD dollar then with in 7 days you can send email to Qnet customer support for refund otherwise Qnet will deny you refund. Then go to 2nd option which all need to go for even after yu get refund to get QNET banned from INDIA and to save our brothers & sisters.

1. Get your IR ID first.It will come to your mail box once yur upline register yyr email id on portal. If email id is given wrong then call Qnet customer support numbers and complain about yur upline. Ask yur IR ID from them.

2. Send a cancellation mail to the support team of QNET with a subject line as "REFUND IN****". provinding all details of transactions and product details.Usually IR number will be like IN4444 and all. Attach scanned PAN CARD in the mail to them.
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

3.Once this mail is sent, the support team will create a CRF number and sends to Hong Kong team for approvals for the refund request. It will take 15-20 working days for the approvals for refundrequest.

4.Meanwhile, mail them or call them on every alternative days for an update.
9900060605-rekha,jasvinder kaur

5.Once Refund request is completed ,they ask for the mode of payment.Ecards or Account Money transfer. Better go for Money transfer to your account.If you opt for account transfer, then you have to send a scanned copy of your account cheque leaf.

6.After 20 working days, you will get your money refunded of the product to your bank account.

7.Rest of money left , you collect from your upline by filing complaint in local police station.

2nd Option
pls all go for 2nd option even if you get money refunded as per option 1 by QNET to ban QNET and save indians.

CATCH HOLD OF YOUR UPLINE GIVE COMPLAINT/FIR AGAINST HIM / HER AND ALL YOUR UPLINES IN LOCAL POLICE STATION NEAR TO YOUR HOME AND MENTION THE COMPANY NAME IN THE FIR THAT QNET IS RUNNING BANNED MONEY CIRCULATION SCHEME. Your uplines will return you money as you can not get refund from Qnet after one month is over if products purchased through indian portal and after 7 days if purchased from world portal of Qnet.
Besides above process kindly lodge your complaint to THE DCP, ECONOMIC OFFENSES WING, MANDIR MARG, DELHI OR EOW MUMBAI also to BAN QNET FROM INDIA.
In your complaint attach uplines photos, mobile numbers, yur bank account statement if u transferred money from your account to upline account or cash deposit receipt, pan card, address proof, purchase receipts, gurupreet singh anand first FIR copy agnst Qnet scam and google news 5-6 against Qnet. MENTION IN YOUR COMPLAINT THAT MEETING TOOK PLACE AT MARKET NEAR TO YOUR HOME OTHERWISE POLICE WILL SEND YOU TO POLICE STATION OF THE PLACE WHERE YOUR ACTUAL MEETING TOOK PLACE.
File complaint at your nearby police station and EOW/Crime branch both in yur city to fight against QNET.
For any clarification whatsapp me at my number 9871853120.

Rupesh Dalavi

5 months ago

Qnet is not fraud..its been running since past 18 years...Indian bureau are not fools who will allow a fraud or scam to continue for past 18 long years... The reason for Qnet changing its names is different...better go through it before any comments...infact Qnet has changed life's of many people and given all IR's an opportunity to become successful...well done Qnet



In Reply to Rupesh Dalavi 5 months ago

Mr rupesh .....l know that you would leave the country very soon after you have earned sufficient money.....better you leave now........i want my country clean.......dont play the word game.

Agyat Vyakti

5 months ago

Yes together we can destroy qnet.. To help people from trap of online ponzy schemes like qnet which will come in future. Alexa and online site statistics can save you. I reccomend you to read this to save yourself from emotional trap of friends and relative who work for qnet share it . I need to populate this.


6 months ago

Look at the news

GEORGE TOWN: Bollywood superstar Anil Kapoor (pic), who is on his maiden visit to Penang, shared with Penang Muslim League president Datuk Najmudeen Kader how he manages to keep himself looking youthful.

We spent about 20 to 30 minutes just talking about our families and I asked him whats his secret to looking young," Najmudeen said Thursday.

The superstar, who will be turning 60 in a few months, told Najmudeen the secret is having "alone time" every day - at least one hour a day to exercise and "detox" without the distraction of a handphone or contact with others.

Anil has been practising it for 20 years now. He is such a gentleman and is very down to earth and courteous.

Ive met him a few times already but was only formally introduced to him by a friend yesterday, Najmudeen said.

When asked what Kapoor is doing here, Najmudeen said he is just taking a break.

I believe hes here on a short visit, he said.
Kapoor is set to make an appearance at the QNET Convention at the SPICE Arena Thursday evening.


Agyat Vyakti

In Reply to vimlesh 5 months ago

Yes together we can destroy qnet.. To help people from trap of online ponzy schemes like qnet which will come in future. Alexa and online site statistics can save you. I reccomend you to read this to save yourself from emotional trap of friends and relative who work for qnet share it . I need to populate this.


6 months ago

Everybody is making money. Whether is government, politicians, police, friends, relatives, office colleagues, celebrities...........everybody is looting in the name of qnet.......nobody can save this hope.....


6 months ago

Some Vcon is going on in malaysia, 3 to 7 may 2016. Here mr anil kapoor would be addressing the event today as per the below news and link.

When asked what Kapoor is doing here, Najmudeen said he is just taking a break.

I believe hes here on a short visit, he said.

Kapoor is set to make an appearance at the QNET Convention at the SPICE Arena Thursday evening.


6 months ago

Look how celebrities are involved and supporting all these frauds. Anil Kapoor shares his secret to looking young


6 months ago

This is a very serious problem in India. The Regulatory Agencies & Police EOWs are incapable of dealing with domestic Fraudsters like the HDFC Bank. How can investors be protected in India ???

Nearly 20 percent of alcohol samples found adulterated, misbranded

According to the information provided to parliament, 823,265 samples were taken during the year and 74,010 of them were analysed. Out of that 14,599 were found to be adulterated or misbranded


Nearly 20 percent of analysed alcohol samples from across the country were found to be either adulterated or misbranded in 2014-15, with a much higher incidence in states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, as per official data.
This apart, 2,676 criminal and 7,860 civil cased were initiated and the number of convictions was of the order of 1,402. A total sum of Rs.10.94 crore was also collected in the process, according to a written reply given in the Lok Sabha by Consumer Affairs and Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan. 
According to the information provided to parliament, 823,265 samples were taken during the year and 74,010 of them were analysed. Out of that 14,599 were found to be adulterated or misbranded.
In Himachal Pradesh, for example, out of 725 samples analysed, 461 -- or a whopping 63.5 percent -- were found adulterated or misbranded. It was 42.8 percent in Uttar Pradesh with 4,119 samples testing positive out of 9,605; and for Tamil Nadu it was 36.4 percent, with 1,047 out of 2,873.
Interestingly, in Bihar -- under prohibition now -- 1,763 samples were collected, 1,320 were analysed, but only seven (repeat seven) were found to be adulterated or misbranded. In the national capital, out of 1,480 samples analysed, 148 were under such a category.
Among the questions posed by Bhagwanth Khuba of the Bharatiya Janata Party, representing Bidar in Karnataka, was whether 93 percent of the alcohol consumed in India was hard liquor and if most of what is produced is of very low quality, in comparison to other countries.
To that the reply was that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India neither maintained such data, nor did the regulator have any separate statistics to furnish on the quality of alcohol. However, an annexure was enclosed regarding the samples.
The annexure also included data on the first six months of 2015-16.
As per that, 14.5 percent or 4,106 samples, out of the 28,259 that were analysed, were found to be adulterared or misbranded. But it did not include data from several states, notably Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, and Uttarakhand.
In Tamil Nadu, the incidence of adulteration or misbranding was slightly lower at 30 percent and much lower at 18 percent in Himachal Pradesh, against 36.4 percent and 63.5 percent, respectively, for the two states during the whole of the previous year.
The minister also pointed out that implementation and enforcement of food standards was with the states.
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.


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