A protest was organised by the Plastic Manufacturers and Traders Association (PMTA) in Jalandhar on Wednesday against the notification issued by the state government to ban plastic carry bags from April 1.
The protest march was started from the BMC Chowk and concluded at the district administrative office, where protestors handed over a memorandum to the deputy commissioner. In the memorandum, they stated that the main reason behind the pollution by plastic bags was “negligence and unorganised disposal by the local bodies”.
As for the non-recyclability of plastic bags below 40-micron thickness, the association has already agreed to pass a resolution to ban their manufacturing.
Gurdeep Singh Batra, president of PMTA, claimed that he had taken up the matter with the government time and again that the pollution was caused by polythene below 40 microns “which are not being manufactured in Punjab and are coming from other states like Delhi and Himachal Pradesh”. He said that till date no action had been taken by the government.
He further stated that instead of curbing the influx of polluting polythene from other states, the government “is trying to kill the local industry of 6,000 units which annually deposit a whopping amount of revenue to the government and on which 15-16 lakh people are dependent directly or indirectly.”
Batra said that the local industry was ready to cooperate with the government but the government too should come up with “a positive solution”.