Mumbai: Do you have a habit of spitting in public? And do u live in Mumbai? If your answers to these questions are ‘Yes’ then this news may trouble you a bit. State Cabinet of Maharashtra on Tuesday has approved an anti-spitting law which is a combination of monetary punishment and mandatory social service.
Yes, you heard it right. If you’re caught spitting on streets of Mumbai, you will be asked to pay INR 1000 as penalty + a day out for Social Service at Public Hospitals or Government Offices. You need to be cautious to repeat it the second time because you are obligated to pay INR 3000 + 3 day Social Service if you are caught spitting on Mumbai Streets for the second time. You will be categorised as Repeat Offenders if you are caught spitting on Mumbai Streets for the third time or more. The repeat offenders will have to pay a fine of INR 5000 + 5 day Social Service.
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The fact noteworthy here is that the fines collected in these processes will be used for healthcare services only.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “We have discussed the issue in the cabinet meeting and decided to form a committee led by state health minister Dr Deepak Sawant. Their report will be submitted within a month” in a press conference post the cabinet meeting.
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Dr. Deepak Sawant confirmed that the law will be in force within the next six months. He added, “The offenders should do community (Social) service in a government hospital or office, like take on sweeping for a day or more. Designated officers will be appointed in every establishment”.
We all know the hazards of spitting in public. One of the means of spreading diseases is Spitting and by approving this Anti-spitting law, Maharashtra Government has initiated a health-centered programme. The anti-spitting bill needs to be approved by both the state legislature houses before it becomes the law.
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We hope that this programme doesn’t just stay as a Law but the government comes-up with a strong action plan for its successful implementation.