Chandigarh Bans Sale of Correction Fluids & Thinners in City For 2 months

Chandigarh is one such city in India, that is known for its planned infrastructure, better education system and is soon going to be a smart city. But the drug abuse is getting a bad name of the city beautiful.

Chandigarh seems to be on the vigil to eradicate drug menace from the city. The District Magistrate, Ajit Balaji Joshi, has given away the directions to ban the production and sales of bottled correcting fluids and the bottled thinners for 60 days in Chandigarh. The order by the Chandigarh DM will be implemented from April 16, 2017.

The order has been passed by the DM of Chandigarh in an enforcement of the notification issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on July 17, 2012, and of the order issued by the Health Secretary, Chandigarh on February 9, 2015.

Fluids and thinner ban in Chandigarh

Under the Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), the district magistrate of Chandigarh, Ajit Balaji Joshi, has prohibited the sale of bottled correcting fluids and bottled thinners to erase ink or to remove nail polish within the jurisdiction of Chandigarh. However, the pens and other stationery products that contain a few chemicals like ink correction fluids and thinners will not be banned.

Why this step?

The reason for the ban of fluids and thinners in Chandigarh is to stop the intoxication substance abuse among youth. As the fluids and thinners are affordable and within the reach of school and college going students, they sniff it frequently. Inhaling of these intoxicating substances can have ill effects on the health of the consumer and will get him into the habit of consuming drugs from the small age.

Let’s hope that this initiative will help the UT Administration to eradicate the problem of the drug menace in Chandigarh and make the city more beautiful.

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Yamini S. Verma

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