No sin­gle-use plas­tics in Puducherry from March 1

Traders threaten to go on ag­i­ta­tion

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Em­u­lat­ing the ex­am­ple set by Tamil Nadu, the Puducherry gov­ern­ment on Sun­day an­nounced a to­tal ban on man­u­fac­ture, sale and stor­age of sin­gle-use plas­tics in the Union Ter­ri­tory.

A de­ci­sion to this ef­fect was taken at a meet­ing of the Cab­i­net chaired by Chief Min­is­ter V. Narayanasamy in the Assem­bly here.

Speak­ing to re­porters at the end of the meet­ing, Mr. Narayanasamy said the ban on sin­gle-use plas­tics such as cups, dis­pos­able plates and straws would come into ef­fect from March 1. A mas­sive cam­paign would be con­ducted to gen­er­ate aware­ness among the pub­lic and traders on the ill-ef­fects of plas­tics.

The Puducherry Traders Fed­er­a­tion has op­posed the move to ban sin­gle-use plas­tics and has warned of go­ing on a protest.

A spokesper­son of the fed­er­a­tion said the ban should cover multi­na­tional com­pa­nies en­gaged in man­u­fac­tur­ing plas­tic prod­ucts and not merely lo­cal in­dus­tries. The gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion will ad­versely af­fect the in­dus­try in Puducherry. The fed­er­a­tion will hold dis­cus­sions with all stake­hold­ers and an­nounce the de­ci­sion soon.

S.S. KU­MAR ■

An aware­ness cam­paign will be or­gan­ised.

PTI ■

Lohri im­pact: A vol­un­teer re­mov­ing kites from the holy tank at the Golden Tem­ple in Am­rit­sar. Fly­ing of kites is an im­por­tant part of the Lohri fes­ti­val, which was cel­e­brated across Pun­jab on Sun­day.

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