Ramadoss sees 'anti-ban lobby' in I&B
Fighting a stiff battle to ban on-screen smoking, the Health Minister said some officials were part of anti-ban lobby.india Updated: Jan 22, 2006 13:57 IST
Still fighting a stiff battle to ban on-screen smoking, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss feels that some officials in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry are part of the anti-ban lobby, an apparent reason for his efforts not succeeding.
Notwithstanding the lack of success, he is keen on going ahead with the ban on screen and would come down heavily on those violating it. He is also now focussing his efforts for a ban on gutka and pan masala to save children.
Denying that he was engaged in a tussle with I&B Ministry on banning smoking scenes in films, Ramadoss said in an interview that I&B Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi has been "misinformed".
"I don't see any tussle with I&B Ministry. The lobby is strong and even some of the I&B officials are part of this lobby. I am going to take it all the way," he said.
Dasmunsi had said imposing the ban was "not an easy task" and it could only be enforced if there was a ban on the industry manufacturing beedi and cigarettes and tobacco farming.
Pointing to Dasmunsi's observation that smoking should not be glamourised, Ramadoss said while there was already a law on this, why it was not being enforced.
"We have already an Act called Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act 2003 and in that Act it is clearly stipulated that no direct or indirect advertisements of any tobacco products will be allowed," he said.
First Published: Jan 22, 2006 11:34 IST