Chandigarh, November 25
Adviser to the UT administrator today called a meeting for discussing various issues related to the implementation of ban on the manufacture and uses of polythene or plastic carry bags.

It was pointed out that a few shopkeepers and rehriwalas are using polythene, plastic bags without handle to circumvent the ban. In some cases even in jute bags the inner lining carries the thin plastic sheets. A few shopkeepers have started using bags, which are made of different plastic materials. It was also noted that sweetmeat shops are using polythene sheets to wrap these boxes and printing presses are using polythene envelope to put invitation cards. It was clarified that even these are not permissible.

These issues were deliberated at the meeting and all agencies implementing this ban, have been directed to strictly enforce it, particularly on the use of polythene carry bags, including aforementioned types and take strict action as per law against the defaulters, offenders.

The medical officer of the municipal corporation health department has been directed to deal with the problems of littering with regard to the packaging materials like gutka, pan, milk pouches and other plastic material in the city. 

Source: Tribune News Service