The Bharatiya Janata Party, Puducherry branch on Thursday took up the issue of the sale of gutka in local shops, when party workers visited four or five shops and seizing the gutka on sale.
According to State President Visweswaran, around 10 days ago they had submitted a memorandum to one of the secretaries stating that gutka was being sold in all the shops and that this was spoiling the life of the youth of Puducherry.
Despite a Government Order being passed, banning the sale of gutka in the Union Territory, there has still been no steps taken to enforce it, he said. On the other hand, the Tamil Nadu government had taken steps to restrict its sale to a very large extent.
Further, there were hallucinogenic drugs being sold inside colleges, which were not being stopped by the government, he added.
If the Tamil Nadu government could control the sale and abuse of these substances, then Puducherry, being a small UT, would be able to take steps to stop gutka and drug abuse, the memorandum stated. In response to this memorandum, the government had said that gutka was not being sold in local shops.
Since the government had not taken any steps to curb the sale of the practice of chewing tobacco, around 25 BJP cadres had gone shop-to-shop asking them to hand over gutka. They had then called media persons to record this event to show to the general public and the government that gutka was indeed still being sold, Mr. Visweswaran said.
In response to a memorandum submitted, the government said that gutka was not sold in local shops