Emphasizing the need for strict implementation of ban on the use and manufacturing of polythene products in the state, the minister for Forest and Environment, Mian Altaf today directed the Pollution Control Board (PCB) authorities to come up with environment friendly alternate to address the problems of unit holders affected by the ban.
As per a statement the minister was reviewing the measures taken by the enforcement agencies to check the use and illegal import of polythene in the state at an officers meeting here today.
The Minister said that ban on polythene was in the best interest of the society, adding that people have a direct role to play in curbing this menace. Seeking cooperation of general public in this regard, the minister said that people should be pursued to use conventional cloth bags while fetching eatables or other domestic items rather relying on use of banned polythene.
The Minister also asked officers of PCB to coordinate with other line departments including Jammu Municipal Corporation and district administration to ensure effective implementation of ban imposed on use of polythene in the State.
Mian Altaf instructed officers of PCB to come up with alternate means so that the affected traders could be rehabilitated early. He asked them to install high end x-ray machine at Lakhanpur Toll Plaza to check illegal import of polythene in the State.
President, Chamber of Commerce and Industries YV Sharma, while highlighting the problems of the affected unit holders, pleaded for amicable resolution of the issue. He said 58 unit holders have been affected by the ban in Jammu alone and pleaded for priority to these unit holders in any kind of replacement to be proposed by the government. On this the Minister asked the Secretary PCB to convene a meeting with the affected unit holders to find out solution of the problem.