2 Loksabha MPs, Sharad Bansode of BJP and R. Dhruvanarayana of Congress opposed the idea of increasing warning picture of cigarette packets to 85% of pack size. They suggested that initial recommendation of parliamentary committee which calls for warning pictures to be 50% of pack size should be enforced. The issue was raised in zero hour of today’s session when Sharad Bansode said further increase of warning size would affect jobs of bidi workers.
The suggestions were met with some disdain as many MPs were seen nodding in disapproval. M Venkaiah Naidu said as the public demand to discourage smoking and tobacco usage grows, there has be to stringent steps against tobacco products. He however also mentioned that government is looking for everyone’s cooperation in this matter. Mr. Naidu said tobacco farmers of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh must look for alternative crops but government will take each step keeping their well fair in mind.