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Postmasters, head constables to issue fines

CHANDIGARH: Smokers beware! Punjab has authorized head constables and senior cops, postmasters, station masters and airport managers to fantastic people who smoke in public.

The Punjab government on Tuesday issued a listing of officers authorized to issue challans beneath Sections four and 6 of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Supply and Distribution Act 2003 (COTPA) within the state. The fantastic for each smoking in a public position and sale of tobacco merchandise to other folks beneath 18 years is up to Rs 200.

The new checklist also includes gazetted officers of state and central government; inspectors of central excise, income-tax, customs and sale tax; assistant station masters; station heads; station in-charge; and officers of Airport Authority of India and officers of all scheduled airlines. These officers were not authorized to issue fines as in keeping with the August 8, 2015 notification.

Till now, simplest heads of the departments; government magistrates; assistant labour commissioners, commissioners; executives officers of municipal corporations; principals of instructional establishments; headmasters; and seniors officers of health division have been approved to issue fines in the anti-smoking drive.

The decision used to be taken during a gathering of the state-level tobacco control coordination committee chaired through additional chief secretary (health) Satish Chandra, who mentioned the sale of cigarette packs which shouldn't have a pictorial caution protecting 85% of floor, used to be a criminal offense.

He mentioned the excise division would take strict action against the offenders who have been concerned in the trade of illegal sale of imported cigarette packets and flavored/scented tobacco merchandise.

Punjab has already banned the sale and distribution of flavored/scented chewable tobacco and sale of e-cigarettes in the state. He prompt the officers to e book the shopkeepers and in addition keep them beneath the scanner of health authorities.

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