Staff Reporter

Poor implementation may result in licence cancellation

Officials authorised to conduct surprise inspections

No dearth of funds to implement ban,

says commissioner

Bangalore: Traders beware. If there is any laxity in the enforcement of the ban on smoking in their shops and establishments, the urban local body can even withdraw the trade licence.

The State Health Department and the Anti-Tobacco Cell, which have drawn up a road map for the proper implementation of the ban, have directed heads of all local bodies in the State, to include this as a clause in its conditions to issue trade licence.

The authorities, who held a meeting on Saturday with representatives from various organisations, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation and the Bangalore Medical College, decided to set up anti-tobacco cells in all the districts.

Health Commissioner P.N. Srinivasachary told The Hindu that the civic bodies all over the State had been asked to ensure that traders in their jurisdiction strictly enforced the ban. “The officials have been authorised to conduct surprise inspections to know if the ban is being implemented. The authorities can use this clause while renewing or issuing a licence. This is one of the ways wherein we can try and enforce it strictly in shops and establishments,” the commissioner said.

The meeting also decided to authorise the heads of public and private organisations to print challans and collect fine from the violators. “There are several doubts as to who will collect the fine and where will the fine money be deposited. So, we have decided to use the fine collected to further create awareness about the ban,” he said.

Pointing out that there was no dearth of funds to implement the ban, Mr. Srinivasachary said the department would also keep tabs on the fine collection by private organisations.

S. Prakash, who heads the State Anti-Tobacco Cell, said fresh circulars would be sent to all organisations in the State. “Though we have already sent circulars before the ban came into force, we will again direct the organisations to initiate measures to strictly implement the ban,” Mr. Prakash said.