The Centre has decided to either regulate or completely ban the sale correction fluid (used to mask errors in text) in bottles. Instead,the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare may allow sale of the fluid in the shape of pens or similar devices with a statutory warning on it to prevent its misuse as an intoxicant by the juveniles.
Counsel for Centre,Onkar Singh Batalvi,stated this in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday during the resumed hearing of a PIL filed by a local NGO seeking directions to authorities to curb the menace of misuse of the correction fluid. Batalvi said he has received a letter from the Ministry intimating him about the decision.
The counsel also informed the court that the Centre was in the process of issuing a notification to either control or ban the sale of the correction fluid in bottles. Taking the communication on record,the court asked the petitioner to respond to it.
Earlier,on the last date of hearing,the court had constituted a committee to regulate the sale and maintain a check on the misuse of correction fluid. A division bench headed by Justice M M Kumar had also ordered that a committee be formed with chief secretaries of both Punjab and Haryana and advisor to UT Administrator as its members and come up with ways to check the problem.
During the last hearing,Batalvi,had said that that since the correction fluid does not fall in the category of drugs,it is readily available in the market.