CHANDIGARH: The Haryana government on Wednesday claimed that the state has emerged as the first hookah bar free state in the country as due to closure of all 66 bars across Haryana.
Commissioner Food and Drug Administration, Dr Rakesh Gupta said while presiding over a State level meeting of Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday.
He said that raids were conducted on the Hookah Bars and 100 samples were taken, out of which 90 samples were found Nicotine positive. Court cases have been filed against owners of 22 Hookah Bar.
He said that more than 100 cases have been filed against the illegal sale of intoxicants and 50 chemists shops have also been sealed in last six months. Liscences of 40 shops of chemists have been cancelled and four are booked under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act.
Dr Gupta said that Government is committed to make the essential medicines available at affordable price for the common man. Strict action would be taken against the chemists found selling medicines above Maximum Retail Price (MRP) or tempering the original MRP. The conviction rate of court cases is more than 70 per cent in the cases filed by the department.
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