New Delhi: Aiming at effectiveimplementation of tobacco control laws, government todayapproved a National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) togenerate greater awareness about its harmful effects andsetting up of laboratories to test its products. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, which approvedthe NTCP at its meeting today, also finalised a totalfinancial outlay of Rs 182 crore for the programme during the11th Plan, an official statement said.
The programme would be implemented in the remaining yearsof the 11th Plan in 21 states, where state governments wouldwork out district-specific plans. These would include training, sensitisation workshops onawareness building and implementation of the law. Funds for establishment of tobacco testing labs would bereleased in a phased manner so that these are set up by2010-11, it said. The adult tobacco survey would be completed in April thisyear and evaluation of the pilot phase of NTCP, currentlybeing implemented in 42 districts, would also be taken up in2010-11. -PTI
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