No ban on areca: Centre writes to State govt

In a major relief to areca growers in Karnataka, the Union Health Ministry has written to the State government that there was no proposal to ban the growing and sale of areca in the State

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The letter from Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has reached the State government, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told media persons here on Friday. It was immediately not known as to when the letter reached the government. Already a public interest litigation has been filed in the Supreme Court and that a lawyer has been appointed to argue the case in favour of the State government and the areca nut growers.

No Cabinet expansion

The chief minister also ruled out Cabinet expansion in the near future. “There is no proposal to expand the council of ministers” he told in response to a question.

At a separate press conference, KPCC president G Parameshwara said efforts would be made to accommodate more youth and women in the coming Lok Sabha elections. He praised Rahul Gandhi’s speech at the AICC session and took a dig at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for dreaming of seeing “Congress-free” India.

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