Thursday, 17 October 2013

New laws likely on tobacco ban

Posted By Kame Daima, Admin BODOLAND


                                                                                                          
                                          Editor’s Message

             To the next talks, Bodoland has remained an apple of discord as the same geographical location has been demanded by the other communities with fewer competencies. Recently, some of our honoured leaders have claimed themselves as the only precursor of Bodoland movement, that they can conceive separate Bodoland state only on the lines of the present BTC which lacks many advantages of administration development. They think of conceiving a full pledged statehood with increased power of home and finance department to be independent and free from state interference. The govt. hinted it and it may also materialize.

          It’s a good idea intertwined with the idea of integrity and understanding. Many of the intellectuals support this idea.

        But, the reality has been quite different at present. The recent up rise of the anti-Bodo elements in the heart of Bodoland has resulted due to the deprivation of their rights and privileges as they asserted and it has crippled the very foundation of the unity that the Bodos had been enjoying under the leaderships of BPF and ABSU. It would be a gross mistake on the parts of BPF to say that they had never been a part of Boodoland movement under the aegis of ABSU in the past. It was a time to establish the greater Bodo nation in the corridors of developed nation, but our lethargic and selfish motive has led to the degradation to the root level.
              As reported and to everybody’s knowledge, the ABSU will assert its continued demand for Bodoland and in parallel the ruling BPF may assert its influence on to promulgate Home and Finance department to the BTC for more efficient governance. Both are a welcome gesture on the part of the all round development of the Bodoland. Narrow criticism, abusive language and threats will never serve the Bodos for unity and understanding rather may create communal hatred, disharmony and bloodsheds. We have to appease the anti-elements by any means!!!
       It’s a time to respond to the call of the day and take a strategic role for the Bodo nation.
Let us shun violence, let peace and unity reign Bodoland.    
        
     
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New laws likely on tobacco ban

STAFF REPORTER
 GUWAHATI, Oct 12 – The State Government might be on the verge of enacting new laws to ban smoking and smokeless tobacco although the existing ones relating to display of tobacco products continue to witness rampant violation.

Display of advertising hoardings promoting tobacco products directly or indirectly continues to be on a high with very minimum efforts coming from the concerned authorities to remove these illegal hoardings which were put up violating the Section 5 of the COTPA (Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act).

However, if sources are to be believed, the authorities are now contemplating legal action against the tobacco manufacturing companies.

The Section 5 of the COTPA prohibits advertisement which directly or indirectly suggests or promotes use or consumption of cigarettes or any other tobacco products.

“We had taken steps to make aware the pan shop owners about the laws but it had hardly yielded resultsfor us except in few areas. We are now contemplating legal action,” sources pointed out, adding that infringement of the Section 5 is going on in almost all the localities of Guwahati as well as other places with the tobacco companies pushing that extra hard to promote their brands.

Sources, however, maintained that the drive to remove banners and hoardings put up in violation of the laws would go simultaneously.

As per the amendment rule of the Section 5 of the COTPA, tobacco products can be advertised in the package containing tobacco products, on the entrance and inside a warehouse storing tobacco productsand at the point of sale or distribution only.

But presence of hoardings advertising tobacco products, larger than the prescribed size (60cm x 45cm) at the point of sale and more than two boards at one point of sale are regarded as violation of the Section5.

Illuminated or backlit boards at the point of sale, open display of tobacco products by a shop owner for sale, indirect/surrogate advertisement of tobacco production in any form such as in apparel, sports gear, accessories and others are also not allowed.

Sources further rue that the cigarette companies have also compelled the pan shop owners to display thecigarette products openly by signing a deal where they (the companies) will renovate the shops with preconditions of proper display of the cigarette brands.

In Guwahati and other major towns cigarette companies have renovated pan shops by fixing hoardings larger than (60 cm x 45 cm) size displaying their brand names without exhibiting the pictorial warnings.

Result of the last week

Are Bodos in need of a new student organization? Your opinion?

A. Yes
  1 (9%)

B. No
  8 (72%)

C. Never now
  3 (27%)

D. It may bring another clash amongst Bodos
  2 (18%)

E. It is a must for development of Bodos
  0 (0%)
F. ABSU has failed to meet its commitment
  0 (0%)
G. Can not say
  0 (0%)
H. It is only for benefit of tainted leaders
  3 (27%)