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  • SC to Centre, State : Ensure strict compliance of gutkha and pan masala ban

    October 02, 2016

    The Supreme Court has directed the Centre and state governments to strictly enforce regulations banning gutkha and pan masala.

    The two-judge Bench comprising Justice Gopal Gowda and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel was hearing a batch of petitions relating to the issue.

    The Bench agreed with amicus curiae Senior Advocate Gopal Subramanium and made it clear that has not granted any stay of Regulation 2.3.4 of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition & Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011, and the authorities concerned are duty bound to enforce the said regulation framed under Section 92 read with Section 26 of the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006.

    The Bench then directed the statutory authorities concerned to comply with the above mandate of law. The Bench also directed the secretaries, Health Department of all states and union territories to file their affidavits before the next date of hearing on the issue of total compliance with the ban imposed on manufacturing and sale of gutkha and pan masala with tobacco and/or nicotine. The Bench directed to post the matter for hearing on November 9, 2016, as first case.

    OUR TAKE

    Gutkha and pan masala has been a plague in our country for decades. It seems as if the TV commercial and commercials before movie screenings were not enough. This is a perfect example of the correct law being formulated but not being implemented. It is indeed a sad news but with the collective efforts of the judiciary and the legislative along with the law enforcing forces, the law regarding the ban of gutkha and pan masalas can be implemented and can be a huge success in our country.


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