The Delhi government has issued public notices to regulate the over-the-counter sale of acid in the state. Sellers will now have maintain records of whom the sell acid to and for what purpose, failing which action can be taken against them.
The Supreme Court had cracked down on unregulated sale of acid across the country in September 2013. It laid down a list of guidelines that sellers would have to follow, including maintaining logs of sellers as well as recording and declaring total acid stocks.
While the Delhi government has yet to notify the appropriate rules under the Poison Act 1919, it will start regulating until the new rules are promulgated.
Accordingly, sellers will have to maintain a register noting the names and addresses of buyers and the reason for acid procurement. They will be prohibited from selling acid to people under the age of 18 years.
Sub-divisional magistrates (SDM) will be held responsible for keeping tabs on sellers’ acid stocks, which the latter will have to declare by January 24. In case any undeclared acid stock is detected, the SDM will have the authority to impound the stock and fine the seller upto Rs 50,000.
Educational institutions, research laboratories, hospitals, government departments and departments of public sector undertakings, who store acids, too have been asked to appoint a person for the safekeeping of acid on their premises.