Jamshedpur: Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) is mulling over plans to implement a complete ban on plastic bags in its area of jurisdiction very soon.
The special officer of JNAC Sanjay Kumar said the state government has directed JNAC to take necessary measures to make the state polythene-free. He said the government had issued the order with the view to tackle long-term hazards of using polythene. All municipal bodies have been directed to prohibit polythene in their respective areas. A notification has been issued in this regard by the Department of Forest, Environment and Climate Change, said Kumar.
As per the notification, the manufacturing, import, storage, transportation, sale and use of plastic carry bags is to be completely prohibited. All shopkeepers, vendors, wholesalers, retailers and traders will come under the purview of the ban. The plastic containers used in packaging of certain products such as food items and dairy products and in keeping nursery plants have not been included in the carry bag category. The municipal bodies and gram panchayats have been given the responsibility of implementing the ban on plastic carry bags under Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016, Kumar said.
Kumar said the JNAC will be launching a massive public awareness campaign to inform people about the ban on plastic. Raids would also be conducted to take action against the violators. Those flouting the rules would be prosecuted, he said, adding that the campaign would pick up pace before 15th November this year.