A total blanket ban on the sale of outdoor exercise gear for children will come into effect in Delhi’s main tourist area.
The decision to go after outdoor equipment will be announced soon by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the National Green Tribunal said on Thursday.
The move follows the Supreme Court ruling in a landmark judgment that the sale and sale of “fitness gear” is not a violation of the Right to Life and Fundamental Freedoms (RTE) Act.
Under the RTE Act, a person is entitled to purchase any equipment which is “for use in a fit and proper manner for the purpose of exercising or of any other exercise, activity or activity which involves the use of arms or legs.”
The RTE has been invoked to curb the sale, manufacture and use of equipment that violates the Act.
“This decision is a very important one, and will be very significant in the future,” said Anand Srivastava, convenor of the NGT.
The Rte Act does not allow any exemption for equipment that can be purchased or imported from abroad.
The Supreme Court in a recent judgement said that it is “not the place of Parliament to legislate the nature of fitness equipment”.
“It is a matter for the people of India to decide for themselves,” Justice Gopal Subramanium said.
The ruling has drawn strong opposition from the Opposition Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.
“I think the decision is very unfortunate.
It is against the Rte and it is against freedom of speech and of expression,” Congress spokesperson Kavita Krishnan said.
A total blackout would mean that any outdoor equipment sold in India would be banned from sale for sale in any other country.
The sale of gym equipment in India, for example, is allowed only in certain countries.
However, in some other countries like the United States and the UK, such as England, this is not the case.
A ban on selling outdoor exercise machines in India will have a significant impact on the business of outdoor gym equipment sellers.
According to a report in Business Standard, sales of fitness gear for kids will be banned in Delhi for the first time, after the Supreme Judicial Court in the case of Prakash Singh and his daughter Rakesh.
The court has held that the right to freedom of expression, including freedom to express political opinions, cannot be infringed under the Rta Act.
In the same case, a Delhi court had ordered the government to ban the sale to a boy of a fitness gear he had purchased for his son.
In a decision dated December 13, 2015, the apex court had said that the RTA does not extend to the sale or use of fitness devices or equipment for personal exercise.
However the ruling did not allow the sale for personal use of a gym equipment.
“It cannot be said that this decision does not infringe upon the freedom of freedom of assembly.
This is because the Rtp Act does prohibit the sale in the shops of gym and personal equipment for sale or for any other purpose.
It has also said that a gym or personal gym is not an establishment which is required to be open to the public,” the apex judge had said.