Revealed:November 1, 2017 2:25 am
The Delhi authorities Tuesday requested Delhi Police and the municipal companies to instantly cancel licences of hookah bars throughout the town. This comes weeks after BJP-SAD MLA and Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Administration Committee Manjinder Singh Sirsa began a marketing campaign searching for a ban on hookah in Delhi and in addition approached the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal on this regard.
Well being Minister Satyendar Jain Tuesday mentioned hookah smoking was not allowed in non-smoking zones as per Part four of COTPA (Cigarette and different Tobacco Merchandise Act), in addition to within the smoking zones. He added that the Centre had issued a notification in Could, with the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare utterly prohibiting the usage of hookahs.
In September, Sirsa had organised an exhibition at Connaught Place in Delhi, the place the harms of hookah smoking had been displayed. The marketing campaign was launched after a youth, Gurpreet Singh, misplaced his life after a murderous assault on him when he resisted smoking at a public area. On the time, Sirsa had attacked the AAP authorities and mentioned, “Hookah bars are destroying the youth of nationwide capital however the authorities doesn’t look after it.”
On Tuesday, nonetheless, AAP denied that the ban had something to do with the BJP’s marketing campaign.
“Hookah bars in any kind are unlawful and Delhi Police and municipal companies ought to cancel licences of such eating places, eateries and accommodations, the place unlawful Hookah bars are working,” Jain mentioned. He added that the State Tobacco Management Cell had carried out a number of raids in numerous components of Delhi, and chemical evaluation “has proven presence of nicotine in important quantity in nearly all of the samples”. This, regardless of claims that they had been solely utilizing natural merchandise, he mentioned.
Jain added, “A sequence of letters have been written to the Delhi Police and municipal our bodies within the final 4 years to provoke motion towards these illegally operating hookah bars… however violations are nonetheless going.”
Chief of Opposition, BJP’s Vijender Gupta, mentioned, “The Hookah bar challenge was raised by Sirsa and the BJP. Proper now, the AAP is reacting to it and attempting to take credit score. However the actuality is that they did nothing earlier.”
Sirsa mentioned, “I’m simply glad that the difficulty has been taken up. However we should see what the federal government does now, and the way they implement the ban.”
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