Shimla: The Government of Himachal Pradesh has made it mandatory for all shops intending to sell tobacco, to have a valid license for it. From now onwards in order to sell any kind of tobacco product, a license would be needed in the state.
The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday (16.2.2016), where it was decided that registration of retailers selling tobacco, should be made binding. The move has been made to have control over sale of loose bidis and cigarette in the state.
If should be recalled that almost two hundred sellers of tobacco products like cigarettes and bidis, had undertaken a protest last month, urging the CM to draft a fair legislation for the retailers of these products.
A bill pertaining to the same issue is expected to be tabled in the next session of the Vidhan Sabha, starting from 25th February. The vendors are not supporting this new system of registration as they anticipate that it will only raise the level of corruption amongst the government officials dealing with this new process. They fear that their livelihood is all set to be affected in an adverse manner if this system comes into place.
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