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‘Pledge for Life’ campaign for making Maharashtra Tobacco Free – 72000 die every year in Maharashtra

October 05, 2018 12:41 PM

Mumbai/ Pune, 5 October  ( Panjabi Tmes News)   If the Education Department with Police does firm enforcement of The Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) and JJ Act, then control on sale and consumption of tobacco is possible. The role of media is very important in this work.  This was the outcome of the media workshop organized on Thursday launching the “Pledge for Life – Tobacco-Free Youth” Campaign in a city hotel on behalf of Sambandh Health Foundation (SHF), Tata Trusts, Caring Friends and Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV). Education Department has been working since 2015 to make school campuses tobacco-free. The Pledge for Life campaign intends to make youth as the leaders of an anti-tobacco movement.

Voice of tobacco (VOTV) Patron and Ruby Hall Clinic cancer expert Dr Ankit Shah said children can be saved from this addiction with prevention strategies. He said that Rs 1,04,500 crores is spent annually in India to treat diseases caused by tobacco. Speaking about ill-effects, he said tobacco impacts every organ of a human body.SHF Partner, Deepak Chhibba explained that as per WHO’s MPOWER and Indian law COTPA 2003, all educational institutes should be tobacco free that is there should be no sale or usage on campus. He added that under COTPA every educational institute should have warning signage. Maharashtra Education Department has been working diligently to make this happen. Outside the campus, sale within 100 yards is prohibited under COTPA and this law needs to be enforced by the Police. He added that section 77 of the JJ Act imposes severe penalties – upto 7 years jail and Rs 1 lac fine if anyone gives or causes to give tobacco to minors. Strict enforcement of this Act will protect children. The Pledge for Life campaign works with youth and also Education and Police Departments to protect youth from starting tobacco.

Dr Alok Lathi, another cancer expert, Lathi Hospital  and VoTV Patron talked about the prevention strategies being better than cure and Pledge for Life campaign, which aims at saving children from tobacco will be very effective.  In India every year around 13.5 lakh people die due to tobacco related diseases and 26.7 crore people consume tobacco. He added that one-third or more of tobacco users die an early death. He expressed concern that everyday around 5500 children start consuming tobacco in some form, whereas only 3% are able to quit. So reducing initiation, which is the target of the Pledge for Life campaign, is the best prevention strategy.

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Maharashtra has 2.4 crore tobacco users and an estimated 72000 die every year due to tobacco use.
SHF’s Deepak Chhibba said according to Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2016-17, in Maharashtra state 26.6% of the population people (aged 15+) consume tobacco in some form. Of these 17 lac (1.9%) smoke cigarettes and another 17 lac (1.9%) smoke beedi, but 24.4% (2.2 crore) use smokeless tobacco. 530 children are initiate tobacco usage every day. There are very few interventions to stop usage of smokeless tobacco. ‘Pledge for Life’ campaign: is all about saving children from initiating tobacco use. Children are informed about the ill-effects of tobacco and administered an oath that they will not touch tobacco and also discourage their family and friends from doing so.26.5 lakh students took anti-tobacco pledge in MaharashtraThe ‘Pledge for Life’ campaign has been started in the state to make schools tobacco free and make teachers and students say “No to Tobacco’.As a first activity under this campaign, an anti-tobacco film was shown to teachers and students on the occasion of World Head and Neck Cancer Day on July 27. This was followed by an anti-tobacco pledge, which was taken by 26.5 lakh students from over 24,000 schools in eight Districts of Maharashtra.
According to the Education Department, 851,947 students in Jalgaon district, 558,393 students in Nashik district, 380,000 students in Amravati district, 237,000 students in Akola district, 204,000 students in Nagpur district, 197,192 students in Chandrapur district, 140,275 students in Buldhana district and 76,984 students in Wardha district participated in this campaign.

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Change in Chandigarh OPD Timings

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Chandigarh, 9 October  ( Panjabi Tmes News)  Haryana Governor and Chancellor of J.C. Bose (erstwhile YMCA) University of Science and Technology, Faridabad, Mr. Satyadeo Narain Arya, on the recommendation of Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal, has extended the term of appointment of Prof. Dinesh Kumar, Vice Chancellor of the University with effect from November 4, 2018 for a period of three years. The notification to this effect has also been issued.

Valedictory Function on Wildlife Week Celebration 2018

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UT Employees’ Annual Performance Process Streamlined

Chandigarh, 8 October  ( Panjabi Tmes News)   In a major transformation aimed at streamlining the process of annual performance appraisals of the Government Employees, Annual Performance Appraisal Reports (APAR) for the FY 17-18 have been completed in the online mode. The earlier system was plagued with delays often caused by the transfer of officers to their parent state or other locations. It is for the first time that the appraisals of most of the GroupA, B, and C employees have been completed in time. Of close to 13000 employees whose performance was due, 98.25% had submitted their self-assessments online. Subsequently, the APARs were written at 3 levels by the Reporting Authority, Reviewing Authority and Accepting Authority of the respective employees. Compliance in excess of 98% has been achieved at all these levels. Currently, performance rating are being disclosed to the employees.

Chandigarh Carnival 2018

Chandigarh, 8 October  ( Panjabi Tmes News) : A meeting was held today at U.T Secretariat under the chairmanship of Sh. Jitender Yadav, IAS, Director, Tourism, Chandigarh Administration to discuss the preparations for the celebration of year Chandigarh Carnival 2018.The Chandigarh Carnival is the most awaited event of the year, which will be organised from 23rd to 25th November this year at the Open Ground opposite to the Museum & Art Gallery,

 
 

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