October 03, 2008

Starting today, smokers to be challaned like traffic violators

With effect from today, people caught smoking in public will be challaned the same way as traffic norms violators are.
The Union Health Ministry has sent challan booklets to all the states and asked the authorities to send notices on the violators’ addresses, if they are not able to pay the fine on the spot.

“The fine, which is up to Rs 200, will be charged the on the spot. However, if the violator shows inability to pay the challan money then, then they would be sent a notice at home specifying that they were caught smoking at a public place,” said a senior official in the ministry.

“The notified officers will check the I-card of the person to make sure that the notice is delivered at the correct address,” added the official.

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