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Govt to take action against plastic ban violators

delhi Updated: Mar 18, 2009 00:24 IST
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The Delhi government has started action to counter an organised misinformation campaign to subvert the plastic bag ban in the city.

A section of the plastic lobby had been feeding wrong information to shopkeepers saying that the High Court had put a stay on the ban, which is not true. It resulted in plastic bags making a comeback at shops at several parts of the Delhi.

“It has come to the notice of the government... that certain groups have been propagating a misinformation campaign that the... notification (ban)... had been stayed. However, no court has issued any stay...,” read a statement issued by Delhi government on Tuesday.

Hindustan Times had published a report on Monday, March 16, exposing this covert misinformation campaign by the detractors of the ban.

The government statement also noted a string of advertisements on FM radio channels urging Delhiites to use plastic bags claiming that they were good for environment.

Once again, it was a Hindustan Times report on March 5 that had sought the government’s attention on the radio campaign encouraging the use of plastic bags, a banned item under the law.

“A Radio FM campaign... mentioning the benefits of the use of plastic not in the spirit of the Hon'ble High Court’s order,” the statement said.