Mormugao Taluka Enforcement Squad (MTES) conducted inspections in the port town of Vasco recently and booked several cases for violations, under section 4 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 (COTPA). The cases were booked against operators of kiosks, fast food stalls, sweet marts and also an exhibition cum sale.
The squad was led by Mormugao mamlatdar Dhiren Banaulikar and Goa Civic and Consumer Action Network (GOACAN) coordinator Roland Martins.
They were accompanied by circle inspector Surendra Kerkar and talathi Hanumant Mandrekar, both attached to Mormugao mamlatdar office, police sub-inspector Diago Gracias, attached to Vasco police station, sanitary inspector Dayanand Thakkar, attached to Vasco urban health centre, and GOACAN secretary Lorna Fernandes
The squad learnt that some kiosks operating in and around Vasco including those operating near Vasco railway station had failed to obtain necessary permissions/ licenses from directorate of food and drug administration. The cases, which were booked under section 4 of COTPA, were to be reported to the district collector for further necessary action.
During the course of inspection, the squad also further noticed that some establishments failed to put up signage of ‘No Smoking Zone’ and in some cases it was not displayed properly as required under COTPA.
Earlier, MTES met the station manager of Vasco railway station Ramdas Gudemane and discussed the need for declaring Vasco railway station as ‘Tobacco Free Zone’ by installing special signage as prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Government of India. The squad also proposed ‘No Smoking’ signage at the ticket and parcel booking counters, both at the platforms and the rest rooms as prescribed under section 4 of COTPA.