Parliament Winter Session Day 8: Godse was a patriot, says Pragya Thakur in Lok Sabha; Sitharaman defends Centre on economic slowdown in Rajya Sabha
On the eighth day of Winter Session, Parliament took up some key bills, including the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019, the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019. Rajya Sabha took up a short duration discussion on the economic situation and the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
In first Mann ki Baat since return from US, Narendra Modi supports e-cigarette ban, calls for equality ahead of Navratri
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who received a 'rousing' welcome on his return from a week-long visit to the United States which saw his participation in the 'Howdy, Modi' event and the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on Sunday addressed a 'Mann ki Baat' in which he touched upon a range of topics from the ban on e-cigarettes, to Lata Mangeshkar's 90th birthday.
Love, care have nothing to do with govt's e-cigarette ban; absurd to think people will stop vaping once stocks dry up
The ban on e-cigarettes and vaping devices is a win-win situation for the govt as on the one hand, it styles itself as a benefactor of public health, on the other hand, it puts a friendly arm around the tobacco industry and ensures that the jobs of those employed by it remain intact
Policy should be viewed as tuner knobs, dialling up and down policies based on their success, instead of on-and-off switches.