Dehradun, March 24: Following the steps of the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government, the Trivendra Singh Rawat’s Uttarakhand government on Friday swung into action and said that any person who is found spitting in office premises or public places will have to pay a hefty fine of Rs 5,000 or a jail term of up to six months. Earlier on Thursday, the Uttar Pradesh government had banned ‘paan’ and ‘gutkha’ use in government offices.

As Urban development department officials are quoted by the Times of India, the order would be enforced by all municipal corporations in the state under the Anti-Littering Law passed in November last. Residents, too, have hailed the move, with some claiming that it will go a long way in ensuring sanitation in the city.

Officials said that the move, which is being hailed by the residents too, would help inculcate a habit of cleanliness among people by raising their awareness. Secretary, urban development, Arvind Singh Hyanki said, “As of now, the Act, which was passed around five months back, is being enforced in urban areas only.” Moreover, those found repeating the offence will be imprisoned for six months, apart from monetary penalty.

In this regard, several teams, comprising sanitation inspectors, supervisors and workers, have been formed to conduct regular checks across the city every day. The teams will be provided with ‘challan’ booklet to fine offenders on the spot.

On Thursday, after conducting an inspection of the Secretariat, Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi issued the order. Having visited every floor of the building, he ordered that cleanliness must be maintained in the offices. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said: “The Chief Minister inspected the Secretariat and directed all officers to keep their premises clean.” Adityanath categorically told the officers that nobody should be allowed to chew paan or paan masala in any government office or government building.