Raipur: The Chhattisgarh Government on Monday banned use of soft drinks in all Government organisations of the State, including schools, colleges and State Secretariat.

Looking into the current report of high content of pesticides in cold drinks, the State Government decided to ban use of Coca Cola and Pepsi in all Government organisations, Health Minister Krishna Murti Bandhi told PTI here.

The decision was taken after the report said the cold drinks were carrying pesticides, which are not good for the health of the users, Mr. Bandhi said after having a discussion with Chief Minister Raman Singh on the matter. Because of the ban, selling of Coca-Cola and Pepsi will be stopped in all Government schools and colleges, Government offices, including State Secretariat, he said.

Even serving of Coca-Cola and Pepsi are banned in Government functions, Bandhi said.

The Government has also taken decision to collect sample of other cold drinks to confirm whether they are safe for human consumption or not, he added. PTI