Singtam students against sale of liquor and tobacco to minors

Report by: 
SANJAY AGARWAL
RONGPO
22 Aug 2018

Team SAATHI (Sikkim Against Addiction Towards Healthy India) of Government Senior Secondary School Singtam started an awareness programme on Wednesday on Juvenile Justice Act 2015 under which sale of cigarettes, tobacco in any form, gutkas and liquor to children below 18 years of age is restricted.
The SAATHI team comprising teacher co-ordinators D. K. Sharma, Girija Khatiwara and M. H. Khewa along with student volunteers visited liquor and paan shops in Singram bazaar, creating awareness on the Juvenile Justice Act. Shop owners were apprised about the act and requested to sign an undertaking that they would abide by the legal provisions. After getting the undertakings signed, these were pasted in prominent locations in the shops.
Around 10 liquor and paan shops were covered in the first day of the effort and the volunteers from the school have the target to cover all the shops in Singtam bazaar within one week. Team SAATHI has especially thanked the station house officer of Singtam police station, his deputies, all all liquor retailers and paan shop vendors for their help and co-operation. Team SAATHI has also kept a copy of the undertakings signed so that steps could be taken if someone breached the law in future.