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Mnp bans spitting in public

Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 21 | Publish Date: 4/21/2020 10:17:30 AM IST

Ban on spitting in public place which was earlier imposed in Bishnupur district has now been extended to the whole of Manipur.

Using and chewing of smokeless tobacco products, paan masala and areca nut in public places were banned in the state by an order of the state health department issued on Monday (April 20).

The ban with immediate effect till further orders was imposed as a measure against the spread of COVID-19 and in the interest of public health, an official source in the state health department said on Tuesday.

Violators of the bans will be prosecuted under relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, the Epidemic Diseases Act, Manipur Epidemic Diseases COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 and under provisions of the Indian Penal Code 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

Union ministry of home affairs had already prohibited spitting in public spaces in its latest consolidated revised guidelines on measures for containment of COVID-19 in the country.

The consolidated revised guidelines issued on April 15 stated that “spitting in public spaces shall be punishable with a fine.

It stated, “There should be a strict ban on sale of liquor, ‘gutka’, tobacco etc. and spitting should be strictly prohibited and violators are to be prosecuted under section 51(b) of the Disaster Management Act.”

It stated chewing of smokeless tobacco products, paan masala and areca nut (supari) increases the production of saliva followed by a very strong urge to spit.

“Spitting in public places could enhance the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” a recent letter (dated April 15, 2020) of the Union health and family welfare ministry asking all states and union territories to prohibit spitting in public spaces stated.

In view of the increasing danger of the corona virus pandemic, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) had also appealed to people to refrain from consuming smokeless tobacco products and spitting in public spaces, the source said.

Ahead of the state health department’s order, Bishnupur district of the state had banned spitting in public places which is now punishable offence under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

An order of the DC of the district on April 16 last, has also imposed a complete ban on sale of any kind of liquor, gutka, tobacco which violation of the ban will attract a fine of Rs 200.

 

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