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Despite the ban on Plastic bags in Punjab, Ludhiana without plastic still a distant dream

May 5th, 2011

LUDHIANA: In theory there might be a ban on the use of plastic bags in Ludhiana, but ground reality is that the city is still a long way from being plastic-free.

Punjab Plastic Manufacturers and Traders’ Association has not only refused to accept the ban on polythene bags thinner than 30 microns but also has threatened to agitate if its demands are not fulfilled. Activists of the association met chief secretary to Punjab government on Tuesday and discussed their demands with him.

President of the traders’ association Kulwinder Singh Dhingra said they had met chief secretary S C Aggarwal and handed over a memorandum with a list of their demands. Dhingra said the government’s attitude is ”unacceptable” and they will not tolerate it. He claimed that the officials had assured to forward their demands to the cabinet.

There are nearly 350 units that manufacture plastic and its traders want the government to lift ban for about 6-12 months so that they can clear old stock. They are also demanding that the government should scrap certain other conditions like printing the manufacturing company’s name on every bag.

Pointing that if all the industrial units are shut down it will affect other industries too, Dhingra threatened that they will agitate until their demands are fulfilled.

He informed that they had also met municipal corporation’s commissioner to ensure that the MC will not raid any shopkeepers for using plastic bags and claimed that the commissioner had agreed.

However, MC commissioner A K Sinha said they are waiting to know the outcome of the meeting between traders and chief secretary and will not comment till then.

SOURCE: Times of India
Article by Shivani Mehra, Ludhiana

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