Manipal: The Udupi district would be declared as Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) compliance district by July end said Superintendent of Police Annamalai.
He was speaking after inaugurating the awareness programme organized by Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) to commemorate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at Manipal here on Friday June 26.
The district will be public smoking free district. The other three districts in the State that are declared COTPA compliance districts are Kolar, Gadag and Chikkamagaluru, he added.
Asserting that the southern states are not in the red category of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, SP said that strict action coupled with rampant awareness measures should be adopted. There is need for a proper channel. He said as many as 1300 cases were filed under COTPA since the Act was introduced in the district till June 15. He lauded the efforts of SKDRDP with regard to the various programmes taken up by the organization in rural areas.
various Acts introduced in the direction of curbing the drug menace would not yield better results, unless and until it is accompanied by human efforts. He further said that awareness creation is the need of the hour.
Pratap Shetty president of SKDRDP Udupi Taluk presided over the programme. Devadas Hebbar, Naveen Kumar, Sunitha Naik, Narasimha Nayak, Ramesh Kanchan, Sheenu Naik, Bharath Thingalaya, Malathi Dinesh and others were present.