Owing to the ‘World Cancer Day’, the government has undertaken a special campaign, under this campaign, action will be taken against tobacco vendors in the 100 metres area of the schools and colleges. From the state to district level police, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), education department, health department, local NGO’s and self-help groups will also participate.
Speaking about this campaign, Minister of state for urban development Ranjit Patil said, “The police takes actions and penalises the one smoking in the public areas in the city. This action will be given a momentum. The shops who sell tobacco illegally, their licenses will be revoked under the shop act by the local government institutions.”
He added, “An action will be taken on the illegal and the hookah parlours which do not abide to the rules. A coordination committee of different departments should be established at the district level for proper implementation. The Director General of Police will review the action taken during the ‘Crime Review’ held every month in accordance with the COTPA.”
On January 9, the FDA has issued a notice and has cautioned the vendors against selling tobacco. An action will be taken, if the vendors are found selling the same.