Pune: The meeting of the empowered committee which was supposed to take place on Wednesday, was deferred due to unknown reasons.
The meeting was to be held for taking key decisions on exempting of plastic items from the ban. However, the meeting did not take place.
Interestingly, the committee includes Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board officials along with other higher authorities. The committee members were supposed to issue a clarification on what items of plastic are banned and what are to be exempted. Now, it is learned that the clarification will be issued in a couple of days. Similarly, the State government will not extend the period of plastic ban any further.
Varun Sandhi, Chief Coordinator of CM’s plastic task force committee, told Sakal Times, “We were expecting that the empowered committee meeting will take place today, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. While Fadnavis and Kadam along with other higher authorities will give a clarification on what items of plastic is banned and exempted from the plastic ban and soon, a revised government resolution will also be released declaring the same.”
Ravi Jashnani, President of Maharashtra Plastic Manufacturers Association and committee member of the plastic task force said, “On June 20, a meeting held by plastic task force had taken out some suggestions on exempting certain items from the ban. And we were expecting that the empowered committee will let us know the decision today itself as it had said it so on June 20.”
Sandhi also mentioned that the period of the plastic ban will not be surely extended by the government and people should not believe in messages circulating on social media regarding the extension of the plastic ban by the state. “Once we receive a clarification from the empowered committee on plastic items banned and exempted, a revised notification will be released by the government in which all confusion will be cleared,” he added.