Saturday, August 6, 2011

Anti-tobacco law kicks in but enforcement uncertain

Anti-tobacco law kicks in but enforcement uncertain Nepal

Ironically however, there are as yet no such officials for the committee to oversee. Health Secretary Dr Sudha Sharma, who is ex officio coordinator of the committee, said. “Some specific person, organization or ministry alone cannot implement this Act. It is our collective responsibility.”

According to Dr Sharma, the district administration offices (DAOs) are primarily responsible for enforcing the Act. “We have already written to them to take on responsibility for the monitoring,” Dr Sharma said. “The DAOs cannot shrug off their responsibility on the pretext of not having receive the letters as the Act has appeared in the gazette.”

However, Kathmandu Chief District Officer (CDO) Laxmi Dhakal says, “We are not clear about our role. The letter we received is not clear.” CDO Dhakal says he will be able to play his part in implementing the Act only after being properly informed
I have nothing clever to say .
It's hard to imagine that an act would be passed with no clear lines or concrete  enforcement.

No wait....................................

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