Shop owners selling tobacco and pan masala in the state have approached Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani with the appeal that they be allowed to do business as the government mulls guidelines for life during lockdown 4.0.
The association- The Gujarat Pan Masala Shop Owners Association (GPSOA) – has said that as the government plans to let other businesses function in the state under some guidelines, they too should be allowed to carry on with their business. They have asked that appropriate guidelines be made for them too.
GPSOA president Sanjay Joshi has in a letter said that around 1 to 1.5 crore people in the state are directly and indirectly associated with the tobacco business in Gujarat and the lockdown has severely affected them as well as their families as shops are not allowed to function.
Earlier a youth in Rajkot committed suicide after being unable to get maavo (chew tobacco) for three days. Similar incidents of tobacco addicts going to great lengths to get a high were reported from different parts of the state.