Thousands of retail tobacco sellers staged an agitation in the state capital today over the Uttar Pradesh government's recent order banning sale of loose cigarettes by them.
Under the banner of Gomti Tobacco Sellers Association, the agitators held a demonstration at the Laxman Mela ground here. According to association's president Ashish Sonker, by imposing a ban, the government is promoting smoking as now a person has to purchase an entire packet of cigarette.
The association, which also submitted a memoradum to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav decried over the punishment for selling loose cigarette. "Poor people sell loose cigarette but now the government has made two years jail along with Rs 5000 as fine for the first timers and five yrs jail and Rs 10,000 fine for the second time offenders, which is very objectionable," he said.
Association's general secretary Sanjay Chaurasia said the act of the state government has affected the livelihood of around 25 lakh families in the state.UNI MB SB NS1700
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