BANGALORE(PTI): Following controversial remarks by BJP MPs on the issue of pictorial warnings on tobacco packets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked Health Minister J P Nadda to appoint a high-level committee to study the issue and submit a report at the earliest.
Meanwhile, three BJP MPs, who were on the parliamentary panel that recommended keeping bigger warnings on hold, voiced their dissent, saying that bigger warnings were, in fact, required. The panel had recommended to the Health Ministry that the decision on increasing pictorial warning on tobacco packets from 40 per cent to 85 per cent be kept in abeyance.
Dilip Gandhi, chairman of the Parliamentary committee on subordinate legislation, had said that no studies had been conducted in India to prove any link between smoking and cancer. Another MP and member of the committee S C Gupta, who owns a bidi business, had written to the committee saying bidis have very little tobacco and are, therefore, not harmful. Modi