Bottled correction fluid sale banned to check abuse

September 19th, 2012 - 8:43 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) Retail sale and production of bottled correction fluid, used on printed pages, and nail paint remover have been banned to check their abuse as intoxicating substances by street children, the union health ministry said Wednesday.

The ministry’s decision follows a judgment of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The ban covers restriction on production, sale of bottled correction fluids as well as thinners, of any chemical composition, both for ink erasing purposes as well as for use as nail paint removers and similar other purposes for retail sale, a statement said.

The correction fluid and other thinners in the form of pens, or other forms which allow only a little amount of chemical to come out at a time will, however, be not covered by the ban.

The government has also made it mandatory to print health warning on the products regarding ill-effects of inhalation of these substances.

The statement added all states, union territories and concerned departments have been asked to take action.

A study by Chetna, an NGO working for children addicted to inhaling correction fluid, in 2009 estimated that the sale of these fluids among street children involved Rs.24-67 lakh per day in Delhi.

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