Merchant organization asked to relax the ban on single use plastic for one year, appealed not to adopt strict methods

CAIT has sent a letter to Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav urging for a lean period of one year instead of strict methods to implement the ban.

On the issue of banning single-use plastic, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAT) on Monday sent a letter to Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav, appealing for a lean period of one year instead of strict methods to implement the ban.

single use plastic (Single Use Plastic) On the issue of banning the Confederation of All India Traders (CAT) on Monday, the Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav ban by sending a letter to (Ban) Instead of strict methods to implement it, a lean period of one year has been appealed. At the same time, a massive awareness campaign has been launched to make appropriate choices and (Awareness Campaign) executives and stakeholders to run (Stakeholders) A joint committee of the government, a policy of the government for the manufacturing units to change their business to other options so that unemployment does not spread and also urged to take steps like compulsion to not use single-use plastic at the level of manufacturing units at all costs. has done.

asked to implement the decision in a phased manner

CAT National President BC Bhartia and National General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal said in a letter sent to Yadav that since it is time for a change, there is a need for serious initiatives to ensure that the use of single-use plastic is minimized in a phased manner. Is. He said that the job of the government is to formulate policy and implement orders, so that the goal can be achieved. But this requires the adoption of a comprehensive, cooperative and participatory approach, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly referred to under participatory governance.

Bhartia and Khandelwal have urged Yadav to instruct the concerned departments not to take any coercive action against any trader or entity at least for the first year and to launch an effective national campaign with the cooperation of all the stakeholders. . Make it a national movement like the Jan Dhan Yojana campaign.

CAIT has suggested setting up of a joint committee consisting of representatives of government officials and stakeholders with a time-bound timeline to suggest and develop similar alternatives for single-use plastics so that the country can stop using single-use plastics without any disruption. CAIT said that countries across the world have adopted a phased approach to make the country free from plastic pollution.

Large scale use of single use plastic: CAT

The two business leaders said that over a period of more than four decades, the use of single-use plastic has become an integral part of people’s lives today. It is extensively used either in packaging of goods as its cost is modest and easily available. Whereas, as of now similar alternatives are either not available or are quite expensive in comparison to the cost of single use plastic.

Currently, the use of single-use plastics is widespread, including industries such as food management, warehousing, information technology, health care, transportation, energy management, building construction and packaging, etc. An immediate ban on the use of single-use plastic will adversely affect many economic activities related to various sectors, hence its phased implementation.

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Bhartia and Khandelwal said that single use plastic has become a huge industry employing lakhs of people in the country and having an annual turnover of more than 60 thousand crores. The single-use plastics industry is heavily loaned by banks and financial institutions and a complete ban without any proper and equitable alternative will adversely affect economic and business activities and is likely to have huge financial impact and increase unemployment. Both the business leaders urged the government to formulate a support policy for converting these units into alternative products or for any other activity related to the economy.