PUNE: Protesting against government’s move to ban polythene bags, Plastic Manufacturing Association of Maharashtra will take out a silent march at Azad Maidan, Mumbai, on February 23. Nearly, 20,000 manufacturers and traders from across the State will participate in the silent march.
The march is the fallout of the State issuing a notice on January 2, banning plastic carry bags and other plastic things made up of thermocol or plastic including plates, cups, glass, spoons, flexes, non-woven polypropylene bags, banners, decorative items, etc. Despite several efforts by the members of the association to discuss the unemployment and a lull in the manufacturing industry, the government did not respond to us,” said the President of the Association, Ravi Jashnani.
“Besides the protest march, we will also keep the manufacturing units shut for three days between February 23 to 25,” he said, adding. “It has been a month since the notice has been issued by the government.
“And since then, we have been writing letters to State Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to hold meetings with us or at least answer our questions. We have written some five letters, but none evoked any response”.
“The government has failed to create a parallel system if the plastic is banned. Similarly, there is no policy regarding the rehabilitation of the people working and related to this sector,” he added.