Port Blair, July 16: In a major step to contain the burgeoning number of COVID-19 cases in South Andaman District, the District Magistrate has prohibited manufacture, storage, distribution and sale on all forms of processed/flavoured/scented chewing tobacco, whether going by the name of Gutkha, Pan masala, Zarda packed and unpacked/loose etc. which contain tobacco and or nicotine as an ingredient in the entire District of South Andaman.
In this connection the Officials of Food Safety Department of District Administration conducted surprise inspections in and around Port Blair Municipal area. During the inspection huge quantities of Gutkha, Pan Masala, Khaini and scented tinned tobacco were seized. Punitive actions as deemed fit are being initiated against the violators.
The District Magistrate, South Andaman District warned all concerned to refrain from sale of tobacco products to deter public from spitting in public places to contain the spread of COVID 19 in the District. The general public are requested to lodge complaints, if any, to toll free No. 1070, 03192-236168.