More than 66.47 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of paddy has so far arrived in Haryana Mandis.

Chandigarh, November 10– More than 66.47 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of paddy has so far arrived in Haryana Mandis.

While stating this here today, a spokesman of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department said that out of the total arrival of paddy, government agencies had so far procured over 62.01 lakh MT of paddy whereas the remaining quantity of over 4.46 lakh MT of paddy was procured by the millers.

He said that more than 33.58 lakh MT of paddy have purchased by the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department. Over 19.42 lakh MT by Hafed, over 8.95 lakh MT have been purchased by the Haryana Warehousing Corporation and 4,572 MT have been purchased by the Food Corporation of India.

He said that more than 16.76 lakh MT paddy has arrived in mandis of Karnal, 11.42 lakh MT in Kurukshetra, over 8.36 lakh MT in Ambala and over 8.11 lakh MT in Fatehabad. Similarly, over 6.92 lakh MT in Kaithal, 6.93 lakh MT in Yamunanagar, over 1.53 lakh MT in Panchkula, over 1.41 lakh MT in Sirsa, over 1.26 lakh MT in Jind, 1.21 lakh MT in Palwal, over 1.07 lakh MT in Sonepat, over 54,716 MT in Panipat, over 64,052 MT in Hisar, over 11,483 MT in Faridabad, over 8,009 MT in Rohtak and 6,837 in Mewat.

He said that more than 2.67 lakh metric tonnes of bajra has arrived in the mandis of Haryana so far, whereas 1.69 lakh metric tonnes of bajra had arrived in the last year so far. Out of the total arrival of bajra, more than 2.65 lakh metric tonnes have been procured by government procuring agencies.

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Haryana Police to undertake month-long drive for enforcement of prohibition of e-cigarettes Ordinance

Haryana Police to undertake month-long drive for enforcement of prohibition of e-cigarettes Ordinance

Chandigarh, Nov 10- Haryana Police has decided to carry out a month-long special drive, beginning from November 10, to put a check on availability and usage of e-cigarettes and all other forms of electronic nicotine delivery systems across the State.

While stating this here today, Director General of Police, Mr Manoj Yadava said that the Central government had recently prohibited e-cigarettes through promulgation of the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage, and advertisement) Ordinance 2019.

The DGP said that all the Commissioners of Police and district Superintendents of Police have been directed to ensure enforcement of the provisions of the Ordinance in their respective jurisdiction. During the drive, which would last upto December 10, Police will take necessary measures for proper implementation of the provisions of the Ordinance. Extra vigil will be ensured to prevent the use of such banned products in schools, colleges and other educational institutions. Apart from this, public awareness drive will also be carried in the districts and those who violate the rules will also be punished.

As per the ordinance, e-cigarettes, all forms of electronic nicotine delivery systems, heat not burn products, e-Hookah and other similar devices pose serious health hazards has been made a cognizable offence.

Mr Yadava said that an officer in the rank of Sub-Inspector of Police or above is authorized to conduct search and seizure and take up investigation in this regard. However, individual possession of e-cigarettes for personal consumption is not an offence.

Under the Ordinance, the production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale, distribution and advertisement of e-cigarettes is a cognizable offence punishable with an imprisonment upto one year or fine upto Rs one lakh or both for the first offence. In addition, subsequent offence may attract an imprisonment upto three years and fine upto Rs 5 lakh. In addition, the storage of e-cigarettes will attract an imprisonment upto six months or fine upto Rs 50,000 or both.