Industry body unhappy with the ban on plastic

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 14 April 2018

Pimpri: The industry body representing small scale industries has approached the State government demanding withdrawal of the plastic ban. 

The industry has lost their business and many people have become jobless due to the ban. MSME Industries Association has written a letter to Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam about the problems, said President of the Association Appasaheb Shinde. In the letter, the industry body stated that the govt has announced the plastic ban unilaterally without taking industries into confidence. 

Pimpri: The industry body representing small scale industries has approached the State government demanding withdrawal of the plastic ban. 

The industry has lost their business and many people have become jobless due to the ban. MSME Industries Association has written a letter to Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam about the problems, said President of the Association Appasaheb Shinde. In the letter, the industry body stated that the govt has announced the plastic ban unilaterally without taking industries into confidence. 

There is unrest against the decision and workers are becoming jobless. The govt had banned plastic bags of less than 50 microns earlier and has now imposed a blanket ban on plastic. However, in the absence of proper mechanism, the implementation of the one-sided decision has not succeeded. The State has not taken the opinions of environmental experts and entrepreneurs nor conducted any joint discussion with stakeholders.

The letter states that in developed countries, such ban is executed only after a 100 per cent alternative material is made available. The govt failed to implement the ban earlier due to the inefficiency of govt bodies. So they made industry a scapegoat on pretext of implementation of international climate policies. 

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