The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is likely to introduce
proposed amendments to the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003
(COTPA) during the monsoon session.
A senior official with the ministry on Thursday said that they
had made the draft proposals available in the public domain in January and
invited comments, which have been received in overwhelming numbers.
"We don't see it being introduced in Parliament during the
current (Budget) session. We should catch the next session," the official said,
adding that comments on the proposed amendments are being studied and
inter-Ministerial consultations will be held soon.
The government has also launched a new anti-tobacco campaign
featuring former cricketer Rahul Dravid as the brand ambassador.
The public service advertisements for the campaign have been
prepared by the Health Ministry along with the World Health Organisation, the
Public Health Foundation of India and Hriday.