"Government is working on increasing the size of the pictorial warning from 40 to 85 percent as the date for its implementation has been extended. But nothing can be said on its ban as it is a policy matter," said Health Secretary BP Sharma after inaugurating a health screening camp on the occasion of World Health Day.
The Centre had stayed the decision to increase the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco products, which was to come into effect from April 1, after a parliamentary panel, looking into the guidelines for sale of tobacco, said that it needs more time to deliberate on the issue.

Comments of some of the members of the panel including BJP MPs Shyam Charan Gupta, a beedi baron, and Dilip Gandhi, that there was no Indian scientific evidence that links smoking with cancer had triggered outrage.

Health Minister J P Nadda, however, had insisted that the government was committed to its stand on increasing the size of pictorial warning and curbing tobacco consumption in all its forms and have informed the panel on the same.     

The Health Ministry has joined hands with the World Health Organisation to celebrate World Health Day whose theme this year is 'From Farm to Plate, Make Food Safe'.     

Speaking on the occasion, Sharma urged people to make food safety a priority. "It is time we should address the issue of food safety which is a growing public health concern," he said.

He also stressed on developing healthy eating habits. "Street food is very common for all of us. But we should be sure whatever we are eating is healthy," he said.

The objective of WHO this year is to drive collective government and public action by taking into consideration all sectors and departments like agriculture, health, education and trade.

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