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CAIT urges extension of single use plastic ban, says no alternative available  

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Jamshedpur, June 10: The ban on single use plastic to be enforced from 1st July, 2022, is a pragmatic step and much needed to protect the environment but in the absence of equivalent alternatives it could prove to be a nightmare for trade & commerce in India. The business community of the country stands with the government on this critical issue but at the same time is of the view that sufficient preparations have not been done to provide an equivalent alternative to single use of plastic. In view of the mass usage of single use plastic throughout the Country, a complete ban will prove much detrimental for the trade and industry, said Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in a communication sent to Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav.

CAIT National Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal and National Secretary Suresh Sonthalia in communication to Minister said that in view of the non availability of equivalent alternatives an extension to the enforcement of this ban for a reasonable time may be made and in the meantime the Government while holding discussions with the stakeholders may draw equivalent alternatives to avoid any inflation in the prices of the goods where plastic is used. They suggested that a task force may be formed comprising of the senior officials and stakeholders to draw out a timeline for implementation of this order and to explore equivalent alternatives. While assuring the support of the business community of the Country, the CAIT has sought an appointment with Mr. Yadav on this crucial issue.

Khandelwal and Sonthalia said that since traders are the first connect point for the consumers and the public, they will have to face the consequences though  the traders selling the products are acting merely as a component of the supply chain making things available for the public. However, 98% of single use plastic is used by MNCs, Corporate Manufacturers, producers, e-commerce companies, warehousing hubs, Industry and other types of production units either in their production line or packaging of finished goods.

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