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Committees to monitor tobacco control act
Published on 15 Oct. 2008 1:07 AM IST
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State government has constituted a State Level Committee and District Level Committee to monitor the violation of Section 5 of the Indian Tobacco Control Act 2003. An official release said the State Level Committee would comprise of secretary, Health & Family Welfare as chairman and other members include representatives of the DG of State Police, department of Food & Drugs, leading NGO working in the field of Health/Tobacco Control (to be nominated by Health Secretary) and an academician, psychologist and sociologist (each to be nominated by the Health Secretary). The functions of the State Level Monitoring Committee would be to check formation of district/local committees and their meetings, to see whether authorized officers are effectively performing their duties, to collate data/information from district committees and forward it to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI and to recommend and initiate action in specific cases of violation of Section 5 of the Indian Tobacco Control Act, brought to the notice of the committee. The District Level Committee comprises of District Magistrate/Deputy Commissioner as Chairman and District Superintendent of Police, DPRO, Drug & Food Inspector, representative of a leading NGO working in the field of health/tobacco control, Principal of a leading college in the district and an academician, psychologist and sociologist (one each nominated by the District Magistrate) as members. The scope of the district level committee would be to provide a forum where public may lodge a compliant regarding direct, indirect/surrogate advertisement(s) of tobacco and allied products in the media (print as well as electronic) and take action on the same as per procedure, to review the action taken by the committee for enforcement of Section 5 of the Act and to immediately bring to the notice of state and central government if any programme is affecting public order.

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