CHENNAI: Health Minister M. Subramanian has said that although drugs are not prepared in Tamil Nadu, they are brought and sold from Andhra, Telangana, Odisha and North Eastern states.
Health Minister M. Subramanian has said that 30 lakh students are going to participate in the anti-drug awareness program tomorrow in schools and colleges across Tamil Nadu.
In this regard, he spoke to the media in Chennai;
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For 10 years
Drug use has increased in Tamil Nadu over the past 10 years. Although the use of drugs was prohibited during the previous regime, such drugs were easily available everywhere, including Chennai. After the government led by Chief Minister Stalin took charge, many drastic measures were taken to control it.
Although the drugs are not manufactured in Tamil Nadu, they are imported and sold from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and North Eastern states. A conference on drug eradication was held today to discuss the measures to be taken to control it.
Wine in ice cream
Through social media, I came to my notice that an ice cream shop called Rolling Dough Cafe, which was operating on Avinasi Road, Papanayakanpalayam, Coimbatore district, was selling ice cream mixed with alcohol. The officials of the Food Safety Department have been ordered to conduct an immediate investigation in this regard. Officials of the Food Safety Department conducted an inspection and sealed the shop on October 21, 2021.
Effective from 2013
The Tamil Nadu government has implemented the ban on tobacco and nicotine-laced food products from 23.05.2013 and has been extending it every year. Based on that, the Food Safety Department has extended the ban by one year from 23.05.2022. Strict action is being taken against persons involved in manufacturing, storing, distributing, transporting and selling tobacco and nicotine-laced food products through the Food Safety Department.
Details of seizure
Between 2013 and June 2022, 952.1 tonnes of gutka and panmasala worth around Rs 38.99 crore have been seized. 152.96 tonnes of Gutka Panmasala worth Rs 9.19 Crore has been seized since our government assumed responsibility till June 2022. Also, a fine of Rs 2.88 crore has been imposed from 2013 to June 2022 under the heading of Compound Offense on small traders involved in the sale of Gutka and Panmasala.
30 lakh students
A fine of Rs 2 crore has been imposed till June 2022 since this government led by Chief Minister Stalin took charge. Also, 75 shops selling Gutka and Panmasala have been sealed under Emergency Prohibition Order. An awareness program will be held in Tamil Nadu tomorrow in which more than 30 lakh students from schools and colleges will participate.
Tn Health dept Minister Subramanian latest press meet: Minister M. Subramanian has said that drugs are being brought from North Eastern states and sold in Tamil Nadu.
Story first published: Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 17:56 [IST]