The Maharashtra government on Thursday told the Legislative Assembly that it will file a caveat in the Bombay High Court to prevent gutkha manufacturers from obtaining a stay on its decision to ban the sale,manufacture,storage and distribution of gutkha as well as pan masala.
The decision was taken by the state Cabinet on Wednesday,and FDA minister Manohar Naik made the statement on behalf of the government in the Lower House on Thursday.
A caveat would be filed by the state to guard against petitioners seeking a stay on the Cabinet decision,he said. He said the ban would come into effect from the day the notification is issued.
He said Maharashtra is the first state to ban gutkha and pan masala while Madhya Pradesh,Bihar and Kerala have banned only gutkha. The ban will be for a year,as per Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction On Sale) Regulation,2011,and it would be extended.
The minister said that due to the presence of magnesium carbonate in gutkha and pan masala,the incidence of oral cancer was on the rise.