Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged the people of the state to launch a mass movement for an effective implementation of the ban on gutkha,which comes into force on September 11.
Modi wrote on his blog,Friends,to rid Gujarat from the evils of gutkha,your support matters even more than the efforts of the government! This is the time to rise to the occasion together and create a mass movement to remove gutkha from our lives and save our youth from the menace of cancer and with the right help and guidance,I am sure this is possible. But,if you think public admonishing can do it,you are totally mistaken.
He said gutkha not only posed a serious health hazard but it was also an economic waste to the individual who consumes it and to his family. The menace of gutkha is much more serious than what you would like to believe it would be. You will be shocked to know that gutkha is even more expensive than almonds. But those who consume it never realise this and move towards a path of self-destruction from which there is no return, he wrote.
We should ask ourselves if the money being wasted on gutkha is actually worth it,considering the risk it poses to the human life. Not only human beings,but also cows are victims of this. It often happens that cows (accidentally) consume gutkha packets,which is extremely adverse to their health. Thus,by saying no to gutkha you are saving both human life as well as protecting Gau Mata (Holy cow), he added.
The CM went on to write that it was our determination to create a society where no woman is widowed due to hazards of gutkha-eating in the family. We want to see a day when no child loses a parent or no mother prematurely loses a son due gutkha consumption.
This is why I invite you to be a part of this movement! I urge you to pick up your phones and give a missed call on 8000980009, Modi wrote.
This is why I invite you to be a part of this movement! I urge you to pick up your phones and give a missed call on 8000980009… Social media users may like to take up the cause on that platform by posting & spreading messages containing hashtag #NoToGutka. This is how together we can take small steps that will make a big difference, Modi wrote.