People can clearly see that AAP leadership has encouraged Hookah bars in Delhi with their silence in last two and a half years.
Yesterday, a tweet by Health Minister of Delhi govt. Satyendra Jain caught my attention. Sharing it here –
I want to bring it to people’s notice that this tweet comes on October 31st while Health Ministry Government of India had already issues an order banning Hookah smoking on May 23, 2016.
After that order, I met LG Delhi to get this order of the GOI implemented in Delhi and on his orders, department of State Tobacco Control issued an order on July 21, 2017 banning Hookah bars in Delhi. Along with this new order issued at instance of LG, we handed over copies of this order to the SHOs of Delhi to get this order implemented and get Hookah Bars closed in the National Capital.
For last 4 months, I have approached NGT to get Hookah bars closed in Delhi and pursued case there. I called ‘Attention Motion’ on this issue three times in Delhi Vidhan Sabha but Speaker denied permission on the issue.
But thanks to the support of dignitaries including Union Health Minister Mr. Harshvardhan, Mr. KTS Tulsi, General JJ Singh, Mr. Manjit Singh GK President DSGMC, Mr. Manoj Tiwari, Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, Mr. Vijayendra Gupta and general public, the Hookah Bars in Delhi are banned totally.
But now… the AAP government has woken up from deep slumber only to claim that it has banned Hookah Bars. I ask Health Minister Mr. Satyendra Jain on which order he had issued and when to ban these Hookah Bars ?
People can clearly see that AAP leadership has encouraged Hookah bars in Delhi with their silence in last two and a half years. It is high time Mr Arvind Kejriwal stop wasting time and resources in dramebaazi… they have a full list of promises remaining unfulfilled. Public would never forgive their carelessness!
Finally I did what I promised – my efforts to close hookah bars in national capital have borne fruit and Delhi State Tobacco Control (DSTBC) has ordered closure of all Hookah bars in Delhi.
Finally I did what I promised – my efforts to close hookah bars in national capital have borne fruit and Delhi State Tobacco Control (DSTBC), following the notification from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare dated 23 May, 2017 which completely prohibits use of hookah even in smoking zones, has ordered closure of all Hookah bars in Delhi.
Delhi State Tabacco Control vide F.No. 7(6)/STCC/DHS/14-15/6796 dated 21.07.2017 has completely prohibited the use of Hookah in Delhi. Consequently, there will be no hookah bars in Delhi.
In last four months, we have been trying to spread awareness about Hookah smoking which causes potential health effects on hookah smokers particularly among the young boys and girls. The fact that hookah contains harmful chemicals including carbon monoxide, metals and cancer causing chemicals, tar etc. makes it lethal for the younger lot. Public too showed their disapproval for such Hookah Bars in Delhi. Especially the parents of youngsters came out in large number to support my cause because they were getting worried seeing the drug-inclination of their young ones graduating from Hookah to smoking and then to drugs!
I took up this matter with Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble LG Delhi and even submitted evidence to National Green Tribunal to get these Hookah bars closed with a single aim of saving the youth of the Delhi. I submitted strong credible evidence to National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairman on disastrous effect of hookah smoking on environment.
I am thankful to all the people of Delhi particularly those who not only directly supported the cause but also became part of the campaign from time to time. The latest order of the DSTBC has made it clear that there will be no Hookah Bar allowed to operate in Delhi. As per another order of the Health Ministry, no Hookah material can be served even in the service cabins established for smoking.
I am now warning the Hookah Bar owners that if they don’t obey orders on closure of these bars, then we will be forced to physically shut down these bars in order to save the youth of the Delhi. Nothing matters more to me than the future of our youth and I will do all that I can to save the youth of Delhi from Hookah menace.
I thank Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble LG Delhi Anil Baijal Ji, Maheish Girri Ji, KTS Tulji Ji and other dignitaries who understood the gravity of the problem and extended their support to ban Hookah bars in National Capital.