After several members of Rajya Sabha expressed concern about communicable diseases that can be caused by public spitting, Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda on July 19 assured them that he would ask all States to put a ban on spitting in public.
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Many Municipal Corporation can levy fines for causing “insanitation” which includes anything from shopkeepers allowing trash to collect outside their establishments to individuals littering by “spitting”.
This attitude has not only kept the unhygienic practice going, but has also ensured that offender don’t get prosecuted.
Back in 2013, Delhi Municipal Corporation had even included spitting as a separate offence in the draft “Sanitation Bye-Laws” and submitted it to the Delhi Government.
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Similarly, West Bengal too has an “Prevention of Spitting in Public Place Act”, which imposes a fine of Rs. 200 on offenders, yet it too remains only on paper.