To make the prohibitions more stringent, stricter rules are being made to punish the guilty
• Increase in the punishment for anyone found buying, selling or transporting alcohol – imprisonment up to 10 years and a fine of up to Rs 5 lakhs
• Anyone operating or helping operate an alcohol station will be imprisoned for up to 10 years and will have to pay a penalty of up to Rs 1 lakh
• More stringent laws against people consuming alcohol and creating ruckus.
• 7 years imprisonment and a penalty of up to 1 lakh will be levied on any officer found aiding the convict.
• A fine of Rs 5 lakh will be levied on anyone creating obstructions for the officer fulfilling his duty.
State Home Minister, Shri PradipSinh Jadeja under the Gujarat Prohibition Act has termed the changes made by the state government to be strengthening for the society. He said that under the dynamic leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Vijaybhai Rupani, the state has built the foundation for overall growth on transparency, sensitivity, decisiveness and progress.
The Chief Minister has also decided to take strict actions against anyone leading to the downfall of personal, social, economic and moral growth. To make the Gujarat Prohibition Act more effective today’s cabinet meeting has agreed to the changes to make the act more stringent.
Providing the details of the changes made by the state government, Shri PradipSinh Jadeja said that in the case of buying, selling or transporting alcohol the earlier punishment of 3 years imprisonment and fine has been increased to 10 years and Rs 5 lakh penalty.
The Prohibition Act will be implied on any liquor station found in Gujarat and the person operating it will be sentenced with reference to the reformed clause number 67, according to which 10 years of imprisonment and a penalty of Rs. 5 lakh will be levied.
Strict actions will also be taken against people creating a ruckus after consuming alcohol. Shri Jadeja also mentioned that anyone found creating , violence , conflict or using foul language after consuming alcohol will be imprisoned for a period of 2-3 years as compared to the earlier period of 1-3 months with a penalty of up to Rs. 500. Provisions have been made to punish by either imprisonment or penalty or both.
Imprisonment of 7 years and penalty of 1 lakh has been decided against any officer or individual aiding the culprit in fleeing. Shri Jadeja also informed that anyone hindering the duties of an authorized person will also be imprisoned for 5 years and a minimum penalty of Rs. 5 lakh will also be levied.
The Minister informed that the state follows the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi. Alcohol is prohibited since the inception of the state. To cease the downfall of the society’s social, economical and moral growth, the Chief Minister of the state is determined to ban alcohol. Changes have been made in the laws to accomplish it as well.
A sensitive decision by the very humble Chief Minister to save the youth of the state from the addiction of Hookahs
Hookah bars across the state to be shut: Shri Pradipsinh Jadeja, Home Minister
• The amount of smoke entering the body through a hookaah is 200 times more than a cigarette
• A fine of ? 50 thousand and prison sentence for a period of 3 years for breaking the law
Shri Pradipsinh Jadeja, Hon’ble Home Minister stated, “The Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Vijaybhai Rupani made a very important and sensitive decision by banning all the hookah across the state”.
The Hon’ble Minister told, “The state government has given authority to the police to enter, investigate and seize all the hookah bars across the state. Anyone found guilty will face a prison sentence ranging from 1-3 years and a fine of ? 20-50 thousand will be charged. Moreover, this will be a cognisable offense, as has been amended in the Cigarette and various other tobacco production Rules-2003”.
Shri Pradipsinh Jadeja stated that it is with through law that we have decided to ban the hookah bars across the state. In order to find a way of earning, there has been an increase of tobacco shops around various hotels and restaurants which has led the youth to get addicted to such things thereby making them visit hookah bars for leisure. This not only becomes a habit in the long run but also makes them dependent on such things. The college students, specially, spend a lot on the hookah bars.These students, due to budget constraints, start taking loans in order to satisfy their desire for the same and in turn take a shelter under criminal activities to earn and re-pay the loans. This way, the person faces a complete destruction of physical, social and economical well-being thereby causing harm to oneself and the family as well. This step of banning the hookah bars will stop the youth from taking such serious steps.
Adding to the aforesaid, the minister told that a person doing hookah intakes the amount of smoke which is equal to 100-200 cigarettes. One puff of hookah has a volume of 200 while a puff of cigarette has a volume of 20 which is injurious to health. The smoke arising from the coal which is used to heat the hookah produces dangerous carbon monoxide and cancer causing chemicals. One session of hookah produces 90,000 ml of smoke compared to a cigarette that produces 500-600 ml of smoke. The tobacco smoke has more than 7000 chemicals and more than 70 of them can cause cancer. This way, intake of hookah causes a great damage to throat, jaw, foodpipe, kidney, liver. This way, under the guidance of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, we have made changes in the laws of cigarettes and various other tobacco products and banned hookah bars across the state which will aid them physically, socially and economically.