Maharashtra to ban gutka, paan masala soon

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  1. Mad Indian

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    A week after senior NCP leader and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said so, the state government is all set to ban gutka and paan masala across Maharashtra. It has been observed that consumption of such tobacco products is the main cause of oral cancer.

    According to a senior public health bureaucrat, the government will invoke the provisions of the landmark Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, to ban the products. "Under the act, the food safety commissioner has all powers to ban gutka and paan masala. But since this will be a major policy decision, it will be brought to the notice of chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and also Pawar. We are sure we will be able to enforce the ban as early as possible," he said.

    Elaborating on the provisions of the act, the bureaucrat said that under section 30, the food safety commissioner has the powers to prohibit--in the interest of public health--the manufacture, storage, distribution and sale of any article of food either in the whole of the state or a part for a period not exceeding one year. But the act has a provision, called rule 2.3.4, according to which tobacco and nicotine should not be used as ingredients in any food products. This essentially means that tobacco products can be banned.

    The bureaucrat said that in the wake of a protest lodged by anti-tobacco activists and also Ajit Pawar's commitment, a comprehensive proposal to ban gutka and pan masala had been submitted to the government. "It is the responsibility of the food safety commissioner to enforce the ban in letter and spirit. Once the proposal is approved, all measures will be taken to prevent the sale of gutka and pan masala across the state."

    On the financial implications of the decision, the bureaucrat said that the state garnered well over Rs 100 crore by way of sales tax on gutka and pan masala. :taunt:

    A decade ago, the government had invoked provisions of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, to ban the two products on similar grounds. Subsequently, more than a dozen manufacturers of the products had shifted their units to neighbouring states. A section of manufacturers had even challenged the ban in the Bombay high court and the Supreme Court.

    Now that this act has been repealed, and a new law has come into force (on August 5, 2011) it has been proposed to invoke it to ban gutka. "We have carefully studied the ban order promulgated by Madhya Pradesh and Kerala. We will ensure that there are no loopholes in our proposal," the bureaucrat said. "Simultaneously, we will study the observation of the apex court, which has made it clear that tobacco and nicotine shall not be used as ingredients in any food products. Our information is that the court has stated that gukta and pan masala are food products."

    Maharashtra to ban gutka, paan masala soon - The Times of India
     
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    Best news I heard all day. Similarly, f they ban Cigarettes and Alcohol, I would be happier :yey:
     
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    Good job MH. :thumb:
     
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    BS. Ban on gutka in MH is technical hassle. And there is enough ambiguity around definition of various constituents of gutka, other such products. Implementation of rules has always been poor. Food & Drug department of MH state is controlled by dinosaurs.

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    Put huge fine if someone breaks the law. If there is fine of Rs 1,00.000 one guilty will have to pay at least Rs 10,000 to the Police man to get away if caught. That will discourage selling of Gutka. I am also in favour of ban on Cig..and liquors....
     
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    This makes more sense than Gujarat banning alcohol.

    Good move MH.
     
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    Lets ban sweets with high sugar levels and cholesterol.

    This is just silly. Why such selective banning. Why not ban everything that is bad for an individuals health?
     
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    I dont care if these gutka eating people die of cancer or whatever shit it causes, I just don't like it when they spit that shit out of their shitty mouths and paint the town red.
     
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    Exactly. Let the gutkha users swallow it, or if they were good enough to use a spitoon and not spit that red liquid all over, I'd have no other problem. And no spiting on wash basins and sinks please. That is not the right place.
     
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    but they never ever give up this dirty habit of spitting...even the learned people do this...
    I saw the most disgusting thing that day...a girl was eating it and spitting it out on a bus stop...
     

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