CS-led panel to implement Tobacco Control Programme in J&K

Smokers spend more on cigarettes in Jammu Kashmir than rest of India

Government on Friday constituted an apex level coordination committee to implement National Tobacco Control Programme and Provisions of Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) in the newly carved Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

An order issued by the General Administration Department said that the sixteen member committee would be headed by the J&K Chief Secretary, BVR Subramanyam.

The committee comprises of Administrative Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department or Mission Director, National Health Mission as Member Secretary, Administrative Secretary, Home Department or his nominee, Administrative Secretary, Transport Department, Transport Commissioner or his nominee, Administrative Secretary, Information Department or his nominee, Administrative Secretary, School Education Department or his nominee, Administrative Secretary, Labour and Employment Department/Labour Commissioner or his nominee, Administrative Secretary, Agriculture Production Department or his nominee, Administrative Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department or his nominee, Administrative Secretary of Higher Education Department or his nominee, Administrative Secretary, Department of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs or the nominee, Commissioner, Food and Drugs Administration, District Magistrate, Jammu/Srinagar, Representative of Railways, and civil society organisations working on health/tobacco control or their nominee.

This committee will implement National Tobacco Control Programmes (NTCP), monitor Tobacco Control Laws (COTPA), Information, Education and Communication activities (IEC) programmes. “The panel will rope in panchs and sarpanchs to create awareness about the ill effects of tobacco in rural areas,” an official said, adding that besides roping in Panchayat representatives, members of NGOs, health, social workers and teachers will be invited to join the campaign against the ill effects of tobacco.