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CAIT Urges Government For One Year Lean Period To Comply With Single-Use Plastic Ban

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Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), on Sunday, urged the federal government for a phase-wise strategy on banning single-use plastics within the nation, which got here into impact on 1 July. The request was made by Praveen Khandelwal, CAIT nationwide secretary common and Suresh Sonthalia, nationwide secretary, in a communication despatched to Union setting minister Bhupendra Yadav.



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In the communication, it’s mentioned that, “We humbly request you to please direct the concerned departments not to take coercive action against any trader or unit for at least the first year of the ban. A joint committee of senior government officials and other stakeholders should be set up with a time-bound mandate of suggesting and developing equitable alternatives to single-use plastic so that the country stops using it without any disruption.”

It additionally added that, “The duty of the government is to roll out the policy and respective orders but it may not reach to desired results and therefore, for such a gigantic task of ushering into a new era having no usage of single-use plastics, a comprehensive, collaborative and participatory approach is needed to ensure that in a short time, the country should be free from single-use plastic.”

As per reviews, the mass utilization of single-use plastic has been for packaging or dealing with of products as a result of its negligible value and ease of use. According to the confederation’s assertion, the equitable options are both unavailable or extremely costly compared to the single-use plastic. With regard to the sudden ban might harshly have an effect on completely different sectors corresponding to healthcare, transportation, constructing, packaging and extra.

In an announcement made by the setting ministry, on 28 June, it’s mentioned that, “Importantly, ahead of the ban, the government earlier this week had noted that the capacity-building workshops are being organized for MSMEs to provide them technical assistance for manufacturing alternatives to banned single-use plastic items with involvement of CPCB or SPCBs along with ministry of MSME, central institute of petrochemicals engineering and their state centres. Provisions have also been made to support such enterprises in transitioning away from banned single-use plastics.”

The central air pollution management board had issued a notice to ban single-use plastic from 1 July 2022. As per the notification of Central authorities, “The manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of single-use plastic, including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene commodities will be banned effectively from July 1, 2022. Other prohibited items include plastic sticks, plastic cups, plastic glasses and so on.”

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