In Jharkhand, tobacco, gutkha, khaini and pan masala are completely banned for the next one year. Even after this, they are being sold indiscriminately in the surrounding areas including the capital Ranchi. Traders associated with tobacco products have been illegally transporting goods to stores since the ban. A big businessman said that earlier all the products were taken from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Now its consignment is coming from West Bengal. Traders have been deployed by traders in the border areas of Bengal. They take the goods from the other side and take them to the godowns. It is then reaching buyers from the same old chain.
Easily available in every capital store
The ban on the sale and service of tobacco has been harassing government orders in the capital. All the tobacco products are easily available to the people in one gesture in all the shops in Ranchi. Yes, the price has definitely gone up as per the wishes of the shop. The district administration had instructed all wholesalers to return the rest of their goods before August, but now the authorities have calmed down after the initial seizure. According to wholesalers, its trade has now halved. Everything that is going on in the business is through the back. Territorial salespeople are identified. They deliver goods to them as per orders from their local store. According to him, they get commission. It also benefits the shopkeeper that the goods reach his shop directly.
Buyers are setting their own prices
Before the ban, each product had a fixed price. And no shopkeeper charges more than MRP. Shopkeepers are now running indiscriminately in the name of ban. Everyone is deciding according to their own price. According to one store, he now gets 34 pieces of his favorite orange for 150 rupees. Shopkeepers are selling it at Rs 10-15. The 39-piece packet was earlier available at Rs 180 and was priced at Rs five. At the same time, the price of 54 pieces of nightshade packets has gone up from Rs 1,100 to Rs 1,250. It also contains basil. Buyers are selling it at Rs 25 to Rs 35 per piece.
What the shopkeepers argue
A shopkeeper who sells gutka secretly in the Kokar area explains why he should stop selling gutka after reaching out to him. He said administrative officials do not loot wholesalers who supply goods in the market, they run lots on poor retailers. The same kind of shopkeeper in Lalpur made the same argument. He said that these people are being harassed in the name of harshness. How will they sell if there is no availability in the market.
What’s the order?
The state has a complete ban on the sale of all types of tobacco products, including pan spices, khaini, hookah and betel nut.
2. All government, private offices, health institutions, educational institutions, police stations and government places in the state are declared as tobacco free zones.
3. Deputy commissioners of 24 districts in the state have banned spitting after smoking.
4. The district police and administration will conduct intensive operations against the violators.
5. There is a risk of spreading the coronavirus by spitting with food and gutka.