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After ‘false campaign’,L-G Khanna backs govt on plastic ban in city

Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna has issued a clarification that the ban on the use,sale and storage of plastic bags still stands strong and enforceable in the Capital.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
March 21, 2009 12:27:56 am

Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna has issued a clarification that the ban on the use,sale and storage of plastic bags still stands strong and enforceable in the Capital. This,interestingly,comes in the wake of a ‘misinformation campaign’ that the Delhi government maintains has been spread by plastic manufacturers in the city through advertisements.

Manufacturers of plastic had earlier appealed in the High Court against the ban on poly bags,the hearing for which was scheduled on Thursday,but was later cancelled. The next date of hearing is on March 31.

The government,meanwhile,says the ban on plastic bags stands legally enforceable till a decision against the same is reached.

Following a January 7 notification that banned plastic bags at all major and local shopping complexes,liquor vends,large hospitals and hotels,the Delhi government had started an ad awareness campaign on the same.

Plastic manufacturers in the city retaliated by forming a ‘Plastic Bags Awareness Forum’ with the tagline ‘Save environment,use plastic.’

Both the government and the pro-plastic lobby have also been running radio jingles supporting their stands.

“There has been a consistent misinformation campaign by plastic manufacturers since the ban was issued. They have also claimed a stay has been called on the ban,when there’s no such stay. These groups have been deliberately running pro-plastic ad campaigns and are trying to undermine the government’s work,” Environment Secretary J K Dadoo said. “The L-G has only clarified the government’s official stand,” he added.

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