Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday announced ban on plastic bags, cups and glasses across the state from July 15 onwards. Adityanath, who made the announcement during a programme in Barabanki district, said that it would be a big movement for the protection of environment and also sought co-operation from the public.
“Prakrati ki surakaha ke liye ek bada abhiyan ho sakta hai.. aur woh hai..Plastic-mukta Pradesh.. Hum logon ne 15 July se plastic ko pure Pradesh mein pratibandit karne ke liye ek aadesh jari kiya hai (For the protection of the environment, plastic free state could be a big movement. We have ordered to ban plastic in the entire state from July 15).” said CM Yogi Adityanath.
He further said, “Main awahan karunga Ki 15 July ke baad plastic ke cup, glass, polythene… Kisi bhi star par na ho iske liye hum sabko lag kar karya karna chahiye ( I would make an appeal to ensure that after July 15, plastic cups, glasses and polythene are not available at any level).”
Earlier, the CM also tweeted through his official twitter handle, requesting the participation of all in the movement.
It may be mentioned that previous Samajwadi Party Government too had imposed ban on polythene bags following a court order in December, 2015 after a cabinet approval. The government had also issued notification dated December 22, 2015, whereby no shopkeeper, vendor or wholesaler could use, sell, purchase or even store a polythene bag. Though the ban was imposed partially for sometime, its use could not be stopped.
While Adityanath also mentioned a ban on use of plastic cups and glasses along with polythene bags, the government is yet to finalise the modalities of the ban.
“Chief Minister has made the announcement today and soon other formalities would be worked out. Chief secretary had also called the meeting of the senior officials of different departments in this regard today,” said a senior official of the government.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Chief Secretary Anoop Chandra Pandey said, “We are working out the modalities and would soon share the details.”