In a bid to keep a check on the use of spurious polythene bags, the district administration on Wednesday decided to be strict with the defaulters.
Deputy commissioner Kumar Rahul directed all executive officers and district development and panchayat officers to ensure proper implementation of the ban on plastic bags and to keep a check, especially on its inferior quality. The deputy commissioner also instructed the officials concerned to buy micron meters this week to ensure that plastic bags with the stipulated width were used in the market.
According to the Bags Control Act and Plastic Waste Rules, only poly bags of less than 30 microns carved with the name of the manufacturer, registration number provided by the Punjab Pollution Control Board, recycle logo and width, were allowed in the market.
Chairing the monthly review meeting of various departments, the deputy commissioner directed the health department to slap a fine on kiosk owners violating norms of the tobacco act and those found guilty of smoking at public places.
Meanwhile, additional deputy commissioner Indu Malhotra oversaw functioning of the revenue department and instructed the officials not to register land in the name of any charitable or non-government organisation without the deputy commissioner's permission.