Govt says -No plan to ban single-use plastic
The government on Tuesday said the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 11 is not about banning the single-use plastic but creating awareness and a people’s movement to curb its use.
The comments came after few media reports said India had “held off” imposing a blanket ban on single-use plastics in the country.
Swacch Bharat through its Twitter
handle, however, clarified that there was no plan to ban the single-use plastic in the country.
According to the media reports, for now, the government will ask states to enforce existing rules against storing, manufacturing and using some single-use plastic products such as polythene bags and styrofoam.
India, which uses about 14 million tonnes of plastic annually, lacks an organised system for management of
plastic waste, leading to widespread littering.Plastic waste is at epidemic proportions in the world’s oceans with an estimated 100 million tonnes dumped there to date, according to the United Nations. Scientists have found large amounts of micro plastic in the intestines of deep-dwelling ocean mammals like whales.