New Delhi: The Delhi government has banned for one year the sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewing snuff, including “gutkha, pan masala, khaini and zarda” in the national capital.
The Food Safety Department yesterday issued a notification in this regard.
According to the notification, unpackaged products chewing snuff, too, are covered by the scope of the ban.
“The manufacture, storage, distribution or sale of snuff, which is either flavor, aroma or mixed … And if goes by the name or form of gutka pan masala, snuff flavor / aroma, khara, or else … either packaged or unpackaged and / or sold as a product, or whether packaged as separate products, sold or distributed in such a way to facilitate mixing easily by the consumer “it is prohibited for a period of one year, the notice said.
Health Department officials said the notice issued by the Delhi government in September 2012, in compliance with a series of Supreme Court addresses the prohibition of ‘gutkha’ in the city.
But since the term ‘gutkha’ is used in such notice, retailers snuff began selling components ‘gutkha’ (betel nut and crude snuff) in separate bags, thus defeating the purpose behind the ban gutkha.
The health department had, therefore, come up with a new proposal to ban all products from raw Chewable snuff in Delhi, a senior official said.