The Food and Drug Department (FDA) of Maharashtra has written a letter to the state transport department seeking strict action against the truck owners who transport the illegal gutka.
In the last six years, the FDA has seized gutka worth Rs 114.13 crores rupees
In order to curb the illegal gutka and flavoured supari sale in Maharashtra, the state FDA department has asked the transport authorities to be more vigilant and strict. The FDA has asked the transport authorities to make stringent provisions. So that the illegal trade of gutka can be stopped.
While speaking to My medical Mantra, Chandrashekhar Salunke, Joint Commissioner, Food, said, “The sale of Gutka, flavoured supari, and mawa has been banned in Maharashtra. But, these tobacco products are widely available in the state. As these products are being smuggled in from neighbouring states. It is not possible for us to keep a vigil on each and every truck passing across the state. So, we have written a letter to the transport authorities to make stringent provision under the act.”
Sources in the FDA say gutka and flavoured supari is being manufactured in villages across the Maharashtra state border in Karnataka. The trucks and the drivers who transport this banned substance are never the same. So, it becomes difficult to detect the smugglers.
FDA officers say if there is stern provision under the transport act it can serve as a deterrent against the gutka smugglers.