The Tripura Government has taken a very strong initiative to eradicate tobacco from the state. A decision has been made to make all government offices and educational institutes 'Tobacco-Free' before the 50th statehood celebrations which will be observed on January 21, 2022.
District Magistrate (DM) of the West Tripura district Debapriya Bardhan on Tuesday in a press meet said "A meeting with all officials of the office of District Magistrate and Collector of West Tripura district was held on Tuesday and decided that no staff, officials including visitors in the office shall abstain from use and carry of both smoke and smokeless Tobacco Products from Tuesday onwards within the office campus".
"In case of non-compliance, the offenders will have to pay spot fine and challan as per COTPA 2003", he added.
It was mentioned that all the criteria's for the initiatives have been maintained. have maintained and the decision was taken many months ago.It was also informed at the press meet that till date in West Tripura district, 73 educational institutions, two Block Offices including Hejamara block and Jirania Block Central Medicine Store Shyamalibazar and Narsingarh PHC have already conducted staff meetings and displayed mandatory sign's, and other required provisions in this financial year as per new guideline under the government of India".
It was mentioned that all the criteria's for the initiatives have been maintained. have maintained and the decision was taken many months ago.
Replying to a query about the fine money collected in 2021, the DM said "A total of Rs 18,000 as fine money was collected from West Tripura district for not following the guidelines of the government about tobacco."