Shimla, May 31
Three local traders were Friday fined Rs.100,000
each, the highest ever penalty in Himachal Pradesh, for storing banned
tobacco-based products, an official said.
Shimla municipal corporation health official Dr. Omesh Bharti fined the
traders after over 300 kg gutka (tobacco-laced areca nut pieces) and pan
masala were seized from them.
They have been fined under the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006. Two of them deposited the fine of two lakh on the spot while the other requested for a week to deposit, which was granted. The gutka/ Khaini itself is worth a Lakh rupees in Indian Market, which would now be destroyed.
The government Oct 2 last year imposed a complete ban in the state on the
sale, storage, manufacture and distribution of tobacco-based products.