On Wednesday on account of 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi plan was to outlaw six items, as part of an extensive campaign to rid India of single-use plastics by 2022.But left entire nation into confusion yesterday because India has adjournment imposing a coverlet ban on single-use plastics to combat pollution.
A measure seen as too disruptive for industry at a time when it is coping with an economic slowdown and job losses, officials said on Tuesday. But two officials said there would be no instantaneous action to ban plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws and certain types of sachets, rather the government would try to curb their use.
Chandra Kishore Mishra, the top bureaucrat at the ministry of environment, told Reuters that “As of interim government will ask states to enforce existing rules against storing, manufacturing and use of few single-use plastic products such as polythene bags and Styrofoam”. He added “There is no new ban order being issued, now it’s a question of telling people about the ill-effects of plastic, of collecting and sending for recycling so people don’t litter.”
The move had become an existential issue for several economic sectors because alternatives were not immediately available, informed Group of the Confederation of Indian Industry. The government’s proposed countrywide ban had disappoint consumer firms which use plastic in packaging.The confederation added that small-sized plastic bottles used for pharmaceutical or health products should be spared as there is no substitute available in market. Sachets made from multi-layered packaging should also not be banned, as that could disrupt supplies of products like biscuits, salt and milk. An official working on policy informed that “There was a conscious decision within the government not to hit businesses hard for now and discourage use of plastic only on a voluntary basis,”
According to the United Nations, Plastic waste is at rampant proportions in the world’s oceans with an anticipation of 100 million tonnes dumped there. Scientists have found enormous amounts of micro plastic in the intestines of deep-dwelling Ocean.
India is top amongst producing plastics. It uses about 14 million tonnes of plastic annually, it most importantly lacks an organised system for plastic management which cause to widespread cluttering. Different pollutants like toxins, poisons and persistent present in some of these plastic products extract and enter human bodies where they cause several diseases including deadly disease like cancer.It will be interesting to see what steps the government will take in the future.