Increase the size of Pictoral warnings: Modi to Health Min


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed the Health Ministry to increase the size of pictoral warnings on Tobacco product packets to 65 percent and not take into account the views of the people with conflict of interest.

The Parliamentary panel shot down the decision of the NDA government to increase the pictoral warnings to 80 percent from 40 percent. Health Minister J P Nadda said, “We will go by Parliament panel recommendation on pictorial warning. The issue has come about the pictoral warning because of the subordinate legislative committee of Parliament. They have said there are certain issues which they want to deliberate.”

Dilip Kumar Gandhi, A BJP MP from Maharashtra, who heads the committee, had strongly urged the government to keep on hold its proposal to increase the size of the pictoral warnings on tobacco packets from 40 percent to 85 percent.