Appeal: Write to Group of Ministers reviewing pictorial warnings on tobacco products
(The list of ministers with their contact details is given below at the end of this posting)
Civil society activists have strongly condemned the repeated postponement and eventual dilution of the provisions of The Cigarette and other Tobacco products Act 2003, on displaying pictorial warnings on tobacco products in public health interest.
In spite of an urgent call for action by the shimla High court and the civil society, Government of India has not indicated a final decision on the date of nature of warning. It was deferred from June 1, 2007 and postponed four times thereafter.
Tobacco claims around 1 Million lives per year in
Both the Tobacco Industry and Government have a duty to communicate clearly and honestly about the often-deadly health risks of tobacco use to potential and current consumers.
Pictorial warnings have been introduced in several developing & neighboring nation like
A Group of Ministers (GOM) has been convened by the Indian Prime Minister to examine the issue. This group includes Shri Pranab Mukharjee (Minister for External Affairs) Shri Jaipal Reddy (Minister for Urban Department), Shri Priyaranjan Dasmunshi (Minister for Parliamentary Affairs), Shri Kamal Nath (Minister for Commerce) Shri Oscar Fernandes (Minister for State Labour and Employment) and Dr Ambumani Ramdoss (Minister for health & family welfare).
This GOM is likely to be biased in favor of the tobacco lobby. Shri Pranab Mukharjee for instance has a massive presence of bidi workers in his constituency. Andhra Pradesh, from where Mr Jaypal Reddy hails, is also a tobacco growing state.
Therefore it is important to write to these ministers individually and let them know the public health concerns.
Dr Shekhar Salkar,
General Secretary, NOTE
Group of Ministers (GOM) reviewing pictorial warnings on tobacco products in India
Mr. Pranab Mukherjee
Permanent Address: 2-A, 1st Floor, 60/27, Kabi Bharti Sarani
Tel: (033) 24648366
Shri Jaipal Sudini Reddy
H.No. 6-70, Village and Mandal Madgul,
Distt. Mahbubnagar-509 001 (Andhra Pradesh)
Shri Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi
Present Address: 7, Lodhi Estate,
Tels.(011) 24653778, 24653895
Permanent Address: 6A,
Kolkata- 700 026 (
Fax: (033) 4640202
Shri Kamal Nath
Present Address: 1,
Tels. (011) 23792233, 23793396, 23011300
Permanent address: Vill. Shikarpur, P.O. Linga, Distt. Chhindwara - 480 001(Madhya Pradesh). Tel.& Fax.(07162)242233
Shri Oscar Fernandes
Present address: 8, pandit pant marg, New Delhi-110001
Dr Anbumani Ramadoss
Permanent address: New No.10, Old No.44, Kamatchi Amman,