The district health department fined 16 people for smoking in public areas as part of a drive on Tuesday.
A task force under the guidance of district health officer (DHO) Dr Abnash Kumar conducted the drive at Civil Lines, Transport Nagar and Samrala Chowk. The team caught 16 people smoking in the public and collected fine to the tune of Rs. 1,510 from them under section 6 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003.
DHO Kumar said this drive would continue in the future. The team comprised food safety officer Yogesh Goyal, drug inspector Sukhvir Chand, anti-narcotic cell assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Narinder Kumar and Krishan Lal Malik from an NGO.
Meanwhile, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) under the supervision of force incharge inspector Yashwant Singh also arrested 10 persons for smoking in public zone on Monday. Under a special drive, 14 unauthorised vendors were also arrested from Swaraj Express.
Singh said the vendors were caught selling their products without any license or registration, adding that no vendor could sell products at the railway station or on trains without getting a licence from the authorities. He added that those arrested for smoking in public and the unauthorised vendors were presented before the railway magistrate, who fined them.
The RPF had recently during a special drive also arrested 78 persons for violating one or the other rule at the railway station. They were later let off after being fined.