Regardless of ban, single-use plastic simply accessible
Ludhiana, September 20
Because the Punjab Air pollution Management Board (PPCB) tightens its grip on producers of single-use plastic, they are saying they’re the “mushy targets” whereas the large fish stays out of attain.
If the federal government is critical about implementing the ban on single-use plastic, it ought to first cease the “straightforward availability” of banned plastic merchandise from Delhi and Gujarat, they are saying.
Not our job
The PPCB has the authority to take motion in opposition to items manufacturing banned objects, however it can’t cease the inter-state provide of any merchandise. That’s the prerogative of both the GST division or the police. PPCB official
The state authorities had, in July, banned single-use plastic, which is often used for packaging and serviceware similar to bottles, wrappers, straws, and baggage.
Shila Jain, whose native manufacturing unit has been mendacity shut since July, mentioned there had been a daily provide of plastic carry baggage from different states to Punjab.
“Has the federal government been capable of cease that? Banned single-use plastic from different states is stocked in Malerkotla, Jagadhri and Sunam. From there, single-use plastic is distributed throughout the state. If the federal government desires to ban something, it should guarantee a blanket ban. Shutting items is straightforward,” mentioned Jain.
When contacted, a PPCB official merely washed his palms of the entire scenario.
“The board has the authority to take motion in opposition to the items manufacturing banned objects, however it can’t cease the inter-state provide of any merchandise. That’s the prerogative of both the GST division or the police,” he mentioned.
Rajiv Jain, who earlier made carry baggage, mentioned it was a sorry state of affairs.
“Plastic baggage with out handles are nonetheless being manufactured. Regardless of the ban, vegetable and fruit distributors, and shopkeepers nonetheless use single-use plastic. Folks throw rubbish in plastic baggage. Merchants are getting the banned product in bulk from different states. Why can’t the federal government crack the whip in opposition to the suppliers?” mentioned Rajiv.
Gulshan Rai, PPCB Chief Engineer, mentioned: “If the federal government has banned an merchandise, it should not be manufactured. The ban has had its impact. Many items have been shut. Producers are conscious that in the event that they make single-use plastic, the manufacturing of different merchandise (non-banned) may even be stopped.”