Ban sale of tobacco products on Cultural Streets

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Apr 2018 10:22:09



Staff Reporter

Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) members handed over a demand letter to Additional Commissioner, Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, R K Sharma registering complaint against irregularities being made in and nearby areas of Cultural Street an ambitious project of Smart City Limited. Handing over the memorandum pressing demand to initiate action against the ongoing illegal works like sale of tobacco containing material, etc. a clear violation of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 (COTPA Act).
Members informed that at Cultural Street the sale of cigaratte and other tobacco products are being sold. At public place the sale of tobacco and other tobacco products should be restricted completely.

NUMM State Coordinator Manish Sharma also highlighted the ongoing illegal activities on the cultural street as illegal under IPS. Through memorandum given to the Jabalpur Municipal Corporation authorities the NUMM have demanded to initiate strict action against the ongoing sale of tobacco products and to save the Cultural Street from menace of addiction of tobacco or alcohol. Manish Sharma added that in past three years the NUMM has raised above 17 major issues and handed over memorandum to the JMC authorities demanding to initiate action but yet no action has been initiated. Sharma added that NUMM have raised the issue of identification of dilapidated buildings, to study fall in ground water level and to initiate workplan, to implement rain water harvesting system policy, to ensure total ban on use of polyethene in the city, to follow the construction and disaster waste management rule 2016, to control increasing air pollution in city, to establish electric cremation centres, to construction of ramp on drains in city, to issue direction to marriage gardens, etc.

NUMM members including Dr Rakesh Chakrabarty, Geerendra Kapoor, Anurag Dengre, Shilpi Mishra, Shobhana Rajput, Ashalata, Rahul Jaiswal and other members have been raising demands before authorities since last two months and appealed to initiate action. They warned that various social organisations would stage gherao of JMC and on need the NUMM would file public interest litigation before the High Court.