The Tripura government has decided to make educational institutions and government workplaces in the state ‘Tobacco-Free’ ahead of the 50th statehood celebrations in January 2022.

The decision was taken during a meeting between all officials of the District Magistrate and Collector of West Tripura district. It was decided that neither staff nor visitors will be allowed to use or carry Tobacco products inside the campus from Tuesday, informed Debapriya Bardhan, District Magistrate of West Tripura.

Those found violating the rule will have to pay spot fine and challan as per COTPA 2003, added the official.

At present, 73 educational institutions, two Block Offices, including Hejamara block and Jirania Block Central Medicine Store Shyamalibazar and Narsingarh PHC have already held meetings to inform people about the new rule as per new guidelines issued by the central government, Bardhan said.

A fine of Rs 18,000 has been collected from the West Tripura district, for not following the said rule, so far.

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