Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday extended stay on the state government’s notification banning junk food items like chips,snacks like kurkure and biscuits which are part of 25 food items sold in plastic packaging in the state till December 9.
Himachal Pradesh has successfully implemented its ban on plastic carry bags and other non-biodegradable products. It had proposed to extend the ban on junk food items with effect from July 1,2013.
On Tuesday,a division bench comprising Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Rajiv Sharma directed the petitioner to complete the arguments by December 9 ,which will be the last date for hearing.
The petition was filed by Sanyukt Vyapar Mandal Khalini,Indian Biscuits Manufacturers Association,NOIDA,and Haroli Block Industries Associations,Tahliwal Una. OnSeptember 3,the court had stayed the said notification till November 19.
On January 10 this year,the court had directed the government to ban the said items in plastic packaging from April 1,but had extended the time limit to implement the orders for three months on the request of the state government. At that time,the government had sought sought additional time to evaluate the possible consequences that may arise as a result of ban on sale of identified food items and the aspects with respect to relocation of workers,the status of loans obtained by local units,machinery and infrastructure etc.
Later ,the government had submitted that the immediate impact of ban will be on 6,000 workers directly employed in 270 local units manufacturing products. The time limit granted by the court had expired on June 30 and the government went ahead with ban from July.